For Heathcliff, preoccupied with the ghost, loneliness enables the sharing of Unlove; for Lockwood, frustrated by self-imposed boredom and isolation, loneliness permits the perpetuation of Overlove. The opposition between Heathcliff and Lockwood--and, more especially, between the mentalities of Unlove and Overlove connected with them--can be further clarified by juxtaposing the two scenes in the novel involving a window-breaking and bloodletting struggle with a dreaded intruder: Lockwood's second nightmare and Heathcliff's nocturnal return from Catherine's grave.
the brandished staff attains in the fiction of Emily Bronte the force of an archetype whose recurrence in the text signifies the pervasive influence of the mentalities of Overlove and Unlove connected with it.
One displays the attitude toward loneliness associated with the Unlove at Wuthering Heights; the other displays the attitude toward loneliness associated with the Overlove at Thrushcross Grange.
Once adulthood is reached, the mentalities formed in childhood by Unlove and Overlove have different ways of combatting the threat of the intruder and fulfilling the desperate need for secure possession of love.
For reference purposes, they can be named descriptively as Unlove and Overlove. The Earnshaw family of Wuthering Heights is the representative household of Unlove where childhood is an experience of neglect, abuse, and rejection.
In contrast, the characters formed by Overlove show greater diversity in satisfying the needs that love in childhood created.
Unlike those formed by Overlove, characters connected with Unlove do not need to maintain a distance between themselves and the pain of separation.
The mentalities formed by Unlove and Overlove have different ways of responding to this threat.