Fear Of Rejection In Emily Bronte's Wuthering

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The fear of rejection can be an unavoidable part of life, and those who avoid it most become secretly tortured with loneliness. The characters of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, battle loneliness as they struggle to experience real love in order to escape rejection. Isabella, Hindley, and Edgar secretly fear being alone and rejection. Edgar receives a letter from Isabella stating that she married Heathcliff, and begged for forgiveness. Although, it is not said the reason why she married him. It could be in spite of her brother, or that she did not want to be alone. However, Isabella knew Heathcliff could not reject her, based on his want of revenge on edgar. On the other hand, Heathcliff and Catherine are a war with love. Their need for love …show more content…
Isabella marries a despicable man, in order to avoid being rejected. Isabella refuted back to Catherine, "I love him more than ever you loved Edgar, and he might love me, if you would let him!" (10.79). Isabella confesses her love for Heathcliff to catherine. She is set to believe that if Heathcliff is given the chance then he might love her too. It is not that Heathcliff could ever love her, because her heart belongs to Catherine. The latent meaning of Isabella’s believe is her unconscious mind fearing rejection and leading to her loneliness. Isabella stated in her letter, "Whatever he may pretend, he wishes to provoke Edgar to desperation; he says he has married me on purpose to obtain power over him; and he shan't obtain it-I'll die first!" (Bronte 172). After Isabella marries Heathcliff, she discovers his plan of revenge. Her realization of his use of her as a pawn contributed to her loneliness; as it failed to her feeling real love. Subconsciously, Isabella has a fear of rejection, and in order to confite away from it she marries Heathcliff. Her subconscious fear of being rejected leads to her loneliness, because Heathcliff never really loved her. Although Isabella felt loneliness through the lack of real love, resulting from her fear of rejection, there is a bit of self