Dependency in Victorian Lit

In “On The Origin of Species by Natural Selection,” one part stuck out to me particularly : “THE TERM, STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE, USED IN A LARGE SENSE.I should premise that I use this term in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important) not only the life of the individual, but success in leaving progeny.”  I immediately thought of Wuthering Heights and how we see this dependency as of one being dependent on another in many different ways. For example, I see this as an emotional way of dependence in Catherines sense. As we see various relationships form in the novel, I couldn’t help but relate this to how they are in a way in general dependent, or co-dependent on one another.  With Heathcliff and Catherine’s relationship, Catherine has this dependence on Heathcliff in an emotional way as she loves him, and Heathcliff controls many aspects of Catherines life throughout the novel, which also relates to emotional dependency with a controlling aspect. Overall, Catherine and Heathcliff’s dependency on one another leads to harm both of their emotional aspects of sanity in a way. Another aspect of dependency is how Catherine is dependent on the societal aspects of Edgar in their marriage, although it is not truly the one she wants to marry, she is dependent upon Edgar solely for the status he holds.

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