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The 8 Most Messed-Up Relationships in Literature

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Catherine and Heathcliff from 'Wuthering Heights'

It’s not always appropriate to jump out an open window, shrieking as you do it. Furthermore, there is not always an open window at hand from which to jump. But this is exactly what I yearn to do whenever anyone says they wish they had a romance like Catherine and Heathcliff’s, because Catherine and Heathcliff are scientifically the worst couple in all of classic literature. 

They toy with one another’s emotions, marry other people, and when Catherine dies pretty much just for the drama of it all, Heathcliff decides the logical next step would be to FORCE THEIR KIDS TO MARRY EACH OTHER BY LOCKING THEM IN HIS BASEMENT, like a complete and total psychopath. Maybe you want a romance like that. Maybe that’s your thing. Just know that there will be psychological warfare and also ghosts.

Topics: Books
Tags: harry potter, twilight, relationships, wuthering heights, books we love, the great gatsby, classic literature, literary couples, macbeth, a midsummer night's dream, unhealthy relationships, toxic relationships, fictional relationships, the opposite of relationship goals

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