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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Soulmates


"You are the call and I am the answer.  You are the wish, and I the fulfillment.  You are the night, and I the day.  What else?  It is perfect enough.  It is perfectly complete.  You and I." - D. H. Lawrence

Plato believed humans had four arms, four legs, and two heads.  He believed humans were split in two by Zeus.  He believed humans longed for their other half and when they found each other, their soulmate, they would be complete.

In Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte wrote about the tragic story of Heathcliff and Cathy.  In my mind, Wuthering Heights is one of the most romantic stories ever written.  It truly caters to the idealistic mindset of a soulmate.  There are many emotionally stirring quotes throughout the book, including:

"He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same;"

"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it."

"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"

"The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!"

Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte's only novel and it gets to me every time I read it, even though I know the whole story.

What examples in literature do you believe embody the idea of soulmates

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