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Monday, September 15, 2014

Moronic Monday: Catherine Earnshaw

Mondays, the worst day of the week. Despite the fact that it's the start of your school/work week, there is always something extra that just pushes it to the next level. That someone that just permanently keeps Monday at the top of most dreaded days of the week. That's what this meme is about. The one character that drives you mad with their stupidity. Their idiocy is the type that you can spot their impending train wreck from miles away, the type that makes you want to slam their heads into a desk repeatedly. Moronic Mondays are not for your lovable idiots, no, it's for the ones that you think they deserve every bad thing they get it.

I should state before getting into why Catherine is my moron for this week, that I hate this book. One hundred percent, absolutely loathe this book. It's considered one of the most romantic books and I'm often hearing how in movies (mostly chick flicks) where it's mentioned how it's the heroine's favorite book. My question is, why? Do people like abusive relationships? Is that's what considered to be romantic? If it is, I'll pass. I'd like to call everyone who says this book is a great love story is an idiot but this meme is strictly for characters so moving on..

What to say about Catherine? Well, she falls in love with Heathcliff, he's the love of her life. They make a wonderful couple together (they're both terrible) but for someone unknown reason Catherine decides that she is going to marry someone else. The very person Heathcliff hates the most. Here is her reasoning:

"It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire."

Basically, he was poor and below her social stature. So why not marry the guy Heathcliff hates most, right? Because I mean, he's rich and he likes her. How incredibly stupid of her. I couldn't believe it when I read it. After this she goes psycho because she acts as if nothing should change between her and Heathcliff, that he will remain solely hers. Wrong-o. He then marries Catherine's sister-in-law, which basically makes Catherine lose her mind and she dies during child birth. Now I can't blame her for all of the flawed (that's putting it mildly) Heathcliff's decisions after her betrayal, but she was the catalyst. They were perfectly in love with one another, and she decided to throw it all away. If we forget the idea that the two of them being together would have probably brought hell on Earth, Catherine made the wrong choice out of pure stupidity. Which in the end ruined both her's and her "loved one's" life. She's brilliant, isn't she?


  1. Oh God I agree so much! I just finished wuthering heights and Catherine drove me mad!

    1. I'm so sorry that I didn't see this sooner! Yeah.. Catherine is a piece of work. Though in general, I'm not a fan of Wuthering Heights. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I feel like Wuthering Heights wasn't intended to be romantic. I think it was supposed to deconstruct the dark love interest with a secret heart of gold trope that was (and still is) popular. I also think it is more about highlighting the cycle of inter-generational abuse. The souls line in popular culture gives this book the wrong reputation.

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