A Comparison of The Jewel in the Crown and Wuthering Heights

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Shared Elements of The Jewel in the Crown and Wuthering Heights

The Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott, and Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte', are romantic tragedies which share many common elements. Although written in two vastly different time periods, the shared elements reveal the continuity of romantic tragedies over time. Wuthering Heights, a 19th century realistic fiction, shares the same kind of passionate, violent and emotional characters as The Jewel in the Crown, a post colonial modernist fiction. Both stories contain a love triangle which subsequently end in death.

In both stories, Catherine and Daphne are much alike in that they are the point around which the two men in their lives dance circles around.
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Heathcliff and Hari Kumar are very much alike, and yet very different. Both are dark complected, although we don't really know Heathcliff's originations. Both characters are outcasts in the society in which they live. Heathcliff is treated as a servant, given no rights or privilege which Catherine and Hindley share, "He [Hindley] drove him from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instruction of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead" (WH, p. 36). Hari Kumar, raised in English and returned to his native India after the death of his father, does not fit the traditional Indian mold, his English mannerisms and ideologies prevent him from belonging to either the English nor the Indian world, "his father had succeeded in making him nothing, nothing in the black town, nothing in the cantonment, nothing even in England..." (JIC, p. 242).

The third members of these tragic triangles are Edgar Linton, mild mannered husband of Cathy, and Ronald Merrick, violently aggressive representative of the British raj. While these two remain somewhat on the outskirts of the real love affairs, they each close the triangle and bring about the events which lead to the eventual deaths of the protagonists.

A contrasting point here is that Ronald Merrick carried a "darkness of the mind and heart and flesh" (JIC, p. 150) much like Heathcliff, in whom a "half
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