Passion as a theme in literature.

A common theme that comes up in literature is that passion can make people think and act differetly. It also makes people say things that are to the extreme and it’ll take undeniable evidence to cool their passion. If nothing is done about the passion that is possess, then one can only hope for the worst.

            In Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw were so passionate for each other that they drove themselves crazy. When Catherine was on the verge of death, she was still saying how she loved Heathcliff and how she believes that their souls are one and the same. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” (Wuthering Heights.Bronte.75). When Catherine was nearing her death, Heathcliff would go see her whenever Edgar is away. During their first little meeting, Heathcliff told Catherine, “Last night, I was on  the threshold of hell. To-day I am within sight of my heaven.” (Bronte.308). Heathcliff said that in waiting for day to come, he drove himself crazy; now that he’s there with Catherine, he feels like he’s in heaven.

            In Othello, by Shakespear, Desdemona and Othello were passionate enough about each other that it altered the way they think. Othello has lived without Desdemona for about twenty years and was fine. Now that he’s married to Desdemona, he thought that those years of his life were years of chaos and confusion; and he predicts that if he was ever going to lose her, his life would fall back into that chaotic state. “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul / But I do love thee! / And when I love thee not, chaos is come again.” (Othello.Shakespeare.3.3.90-92). The play is taking place during a time of war and Othello is a general in the war. Generals, more times than not, will doubt a situation before any type of evidence can reach them. Othello on the other hand, feels very differently about Desdemona; he wants evidence against Desdemona before he starts doubting her. “I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove” (Shakespeare.3.3190).

            Passion doesn’t always come in the form of love; it can also come in the form of anger. When Dylan Thomas wrote his poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, he had a passion to fight against death. At first, he was already going through tough times when he was having marital affairs with his wife. Then his father died of cancer, which caused him to have a strong, passion against death. In his poem he had a single line repeat itself after almost every stanza, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Do Not Go Into That Good Night. Thomas Dylan.3).

            Passion may sometimes take the best of us and overide our natual feelings. Our actions cannot always be justifed by passion, even though sometimes it may seem that way. Everyone has to have some kind of passion within them; without it, people would be just as crazy as those who live soley based on passion and know nothing else in life.

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