Pride and Prejudice vs Wuthering Heights

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[pic] PRIDE AND PREJUDICE vs. WUTHERING HEIGHTS

About structure and mood

There are a number of differences. First of all, the narrative structure is very different. Pride and Prejudice is chronological, told by a limited 3rd person narrator. Wuthering Heights begins at present, and then is told as a series of flashbacks, sometimes through letters, but with two different first-person narrators. Pride and Prejudice reads chronologically, with someone telling you about the characters. Wuthering Heights skips around (making it a bit confusing and mysterious), and you hear the story through the eyes of the characters.

The mood of the novels is quite different as well. Pride and Prejudice is a
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This lifestyle choice was terrible because women’s social position was determined by either their fathers or their husbands. Women did not have the option to be the heir to their family estates and were also uneducated so a good job was virtually impossible, yet another reason as to why women were so dependent on the men in their lives. As seen, women were taught to obey and follow their husbands. That is what their mother’s did and that is all that women of this time knew. If married women were to work to help support their family, all their earnings went to their husband. Women also did not have the right to obtain a divorce. In 1857 men were given the right to divorce their wives on the sole grounds of adultery. After the divorce the husband was granted all of the personal, shared possessions including the children. Women were often abused by their husbands because there were absolutely no restrictions placed on men. Wives had no way out of a marriage, and often enough did not went out because of the hardships that they would inevitably face if they chose to be alone.

Emily Brontë and Jane Austen grew up in similar households. Their parents were wealthy enough to live comfortably, yet could not provide their daughters with much money to marry with, such as Mr. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice. They both had many siblings and grew up with an abundance of other children in the house. They received little…