Literature -WH and ATSS – Love and Passion

Hello, here’s my A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini combined with Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I know it’s not for everyone, but here it is regardless, because it does help some people so I don’t want to cut it out even if it isn’t for everyone. Either way, here it is!


Love and passion

All the characters in A Thousand Splendid Suns have suffered through death, war and abuse throughout their lives. They struggle to live through the day many days. They get through it because of love, which Hosseini makes clear is their saving grace.

In Wuthering Heights, all the characters have a marriage and a love of someone else. The love is split into two groups: passionate and sexual love, and an innocent, much quieter love. Love destroys them as much as their hate does.

However, in both books, love is the main feature. Mariam’s love for Laila and Aziza saves her because it gives her purpose, strength and the ability to carry on no matter how much it hurts – this is the same as Edgar’s love of Cathy, showing that a familial, innocent love is stronger than passion. Catherine shows how fickle people can be about love as she marries and ‘loves’ Edgar even though she is deeply in love with Heathcliff. This is actually similar to Rasheed, as with both wives, he marries them for a child, just as Catherine marries for status and it ends up being a bad idea as Catherine can’t live without Heathcliff and Rasheed has to live with two wives and a ‘daughter’ that he doesn’t love.

Cathy and Hareton are the same as Laila and Tariq’s love – they have an innocent love and in the end, it is what survives when all other love fails. Mariam and Hareton are similar as well, as both are brought up in almost poverty and are denied what they could have been, which is to have a certain amount of power as an Earnshaw and as Jalil’s daughter. Mariam loves her father but he denies her this because of her status as a harami – she is lower than everyone else, a lot like Heathcliff’s birth. However, Jalil shows his love through making sure to see his daughter and make her happy but is just too stupid to realise what these lies will do to his daughter eventually. Heathcliff reveals his love to Catherine through fighting for her and being haunted by her once she is death – this is a much more violent show of love, but is shows that both men do love deeply, they just do it wrongly. Catherine, when telling Nelly about her marriage, says that Heathcliff has no idea what love is, having no idea what love he has for her.

The family tree in Wuthering Heights is very symmetrical, but the family’s merger and the differences between the houses becomes less distinct. Catherine and Heathcliff are the most important double. Their love is based on being spiritual twins. Remember Catherine’s confession to Nelly Dean that she can’t marry Heathcliff because, as she explains, “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.”


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