How Does Catherine's Decision To Marry Linton

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In section one of the reading, Emily Brontë develops the meaning of marriage through Catherine’s decision to marry Linton. Although she truly loves Heathcliff it “would degrade [her]” to go and marry him (Brontë 148). Catherine believes that marrying Heathcliff would bring down her status. She chooses instead to marry Linton, looking beyond the fact that they share nothing in common. She even acknowledges the fact that her love for Linton will grow dry like “winter changes the trees” (Brontë 152). Because they do not have a connection like her and Heathcliff, her love for Linton will die over time. It is clear that Catherine would rather be the talk of the neighborhood than be in a relationship with someone she deeply loves. Her decision to

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