Comparing Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Dickens Coketown

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Comparing Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Dickens Coketown

Throughout British Literature, compositions created by honored literary artists reflect current dominant lifestyles. The differences in prevailing environments are visible when comparing Emily Bronte's Withering Heights and Charles Dickens Coketown. Bronte reveals the wild unbinding freedom available though country living predominate in the late 17th and early 18th century, whereas Dickens explains the disheartening effects of industrialization, which caused massive urbanization and numerous negative consequences. Within both works, the authors portrayed the lifestyles their culture encouraged.

Rural households, spaced several miles apart, were common during
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Cramped living quarters with insufficient plumbing, long work days in physically dangerous facilities, and drinking water filled with industrial pollution were a few of the daily obstacles each city dweller at that time had to endure (Longman 1791). Dickens, like Bronte, wrote of his time and portrayed the environment he experienced daily. The city Dickens wrote of in his work, Manchester, was so named "because of the coal residue that blackened" it (Longman 1827).

Where Bronte characterized emotions through the weather Dickens used the destruction of nature to describe the concerns and frustration of modernism. As opposed to the comfortable and leisurely lifestyle of Withering Heights, Dickens states "You saw nothing in Coketown but what was severely workful" (Longman 1829). This statement inferred to my subconscious the images of women and children working tirelessly in factories. This role of women was much different from that of Bronte's time. His descriptions invoked a worrisome and dreadful feeling upon me; he must have felt similarly. Dickens describes a "black canal… and a river that ran purple with ill-smelling dye, and vast piles of building full of windows where there was a rattling and trembling all day long, and where the piston of the steam-engine worked monotonously up and down" (Longman 1829). I believe this imagery describes the
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