Are Catherine and Heathcliff cut from the same cloth?

Are Catherine and Heathcliff cut from the same cloth? Catherine herself seems to believe so, even confessing, “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…” yet when I initially confronted this question I leaned more towards no. How could two children with such different lots in life turn out the same? As such, I originally interpreted them are irrevocably different people. However, upon further examination I believe Catherine is correct, and it instead became hard to point out a way in which they are different. These similarities are especially evident in the similar paths their lives take, although they follow slightly different timelines. Both characters spend their childhoods together running wild on the moors and experience a period of isolation from their childhood home- Catherine first when her injured ankle leaves her at the mercy of the Lintons for a few weeks and then Heathcliff when he mysteriously vacates Wuthering Heights for a period of 3 years. Both characters are changed by their experiences away from the moors are come back cultured and cruel. This is evident when Catherine strikes the members of her household. First she strikes Nelly not once but twice, leaving her marked with, “…a decided purple witness to refute her…” and again Hareton received the same treatment when “…she seized his shoulders, and shook him till the poor child waxed livid.” Even Edgar received a boxed ear for moving to protect Hareton. This scene speak to the change she underwent in the Linton’s household, the same change that motivates her to cast aside Heathcliff in favor of a more socially acceptable match with Edgar. Heathcliff is similarly changed when he returns from his leave of absence at the manor. He is wealthy, aloof, and sporting a new agenda: revenge on those who have wronged him. Because they were so changed by their experiences away from their childhood home, both Catherine and Heathcliff end up marrying for money and power. These loveless marriages end badly for the women involved as both Catherine and Isabelle die young.
A wild childhood, period of absence, and power hungry marriage. Double personalities and cruel dispositions. After further reflection these characters have too many similarities to count. At first, this made me believe they are indeed meant to be together, but when I took the time to actually sit down and contemplate what their relationship would have looked like, it was obvious to me that they would have made each other miserable. They simply shared a childish infatuation, which, if Catherine were made of stronger stuff, could have faded with time. But, as is the way with Victorian novels, the main love interest wasted away and died young.

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