His relationship withCatherine Earnshaw represents the contrast between dark and light. It is driveby pure passion and as Paris observed ‘When they are merged with each other, they feel athome in the world, but when they are separated, they feel completely isolatedin a universe that has turned into “a mighty stranger” (Chapter IX)'(248). They speak from a will of passion thus their language spread withviolent verbs and tempestuous adjectives differ them from the ordinary and ‘exaltthe power of human feelings’ (Karl 151). They become inseparable, as parts ofthe same soul, fusion that is suggested by Cathy herself when she defines herlove for Linton and Heathcliff. If she loves Linton because his handsomenessand social status, when comes to Heathcliff, she loves him because ‘He’s moremyself than I am.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; andLinton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning or frost from fire'(Chapter IX). Karl compared their love to the medieval ones because ‘they liveonly for love’. ‘Heathcliff compares his love with Edgar Linton’s: “‘If heloved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eightyyears as I could in a day…. It is not in him to be loved like me: how can shelove in him what he has not?’ (Chapter XIV).
Heathcliff claims supernaturalqualities, as if comparing himself to a god, a being in whom love is so fiercethat it explodes into altogether new dimensions.’ (151). He has features of themedieval lover who ‘die’ for his love considered that after Cathy’s death heuncovered her coffin planning to die in her arms if he must. However,Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is denied to him by the Victorian society whojudges him. The Linton’s represent thegood Christians who reject Heathcliff because he cannot be a member of theirsocial class (Shapiro 287).
Therefore, he lost Catherine to Edgar Linton, whois the exact opposite of him, because he must remain wild and cannot be tamedby love (Karl 154).