The Marxist Mirror Of Emily Bronte 's ' Wuthering Heights '

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The Marxist Mirror

The Communist Manifesto (in which Marxism is derived by), is a pamphlet created by philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, primarily issuing political ideologies regarding problems related to social class, power and wealth. It is classified as "Socialist and Communist Literature", serving as a moral guideline for individuals in society, dependent on their social, political, economic beliefs. These issues which juxtaposed capitalism and fundamentally demanded equality, were extremely prevalent throughout Emily Bronte’s life, which occurred during the 19th century. The novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ which was written by Bronte, was published a paltry three months before ‘The Communist Manifesto’ was initially released.
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Bronte infamously had similar opinions in relation to socialism ideals as evident in the destruction of relationships following a ‘social hierarchy’ ordeal.

“ 'What! you come back? Is it really you? Is it? 'Yes, Heathcliff, ' he replied, glancing from me up to the windows, which reflected a score of glittering moons, but showed no lights from within. 'Are they at home? where is she? Nelly, you are not glad! you needn 't be so disturbed. Is she here? Speak! I want to have one word with her - your mistress”

In his unexpecting advent, Heathcliff bestows a surprising presence to Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange respectively. Even Nelly whom associated with Heathcliff regularly for over a decade, cannot recognise him through his facade. Heathcliff submits to the status quo by evasively manifesting new money, subjectively gaining wealth and inevitably more power in society. Heathcliff is utterly disinterested about the state of his social class. Arguably, a main intention of Heathcliff’s newly gained riches, could be interpreted as a product of social conformity. Catherine offered Heathcliff human companionship, something he was certainly not used to given his discreetly rough background as a waif and his mistreatment at Wuthering Heights. This is ultimately what created an eternal bond between the pair evident in “If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a

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