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Essay on The Suffering of the Women in Wuthering Heights

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The Suffering of the Women in Wuthering Heights

It appears that Catherine's expectations are unrealistic especially when placed in the historical context. The novel is written during the
Victorian era where the role of women in relation to marriage was that they were to be obedient, disciplined and faithful to their husband.

Catherine does not fulfil any of these roles in the long term.
Firstly, she marries Edgar for social and financial benefits. She becomes aware that she belongs to a social class when she and
Heathcliff view life in Thrushcross Grange 'It was beautiful-a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of
glass-drops'
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Furthermore, when Heathcliff returns, Catherine should take no interest in trying to rekindle her feelings for him as Edgar had been putting in effort to make their marriage work 'Mr. Edgar had a deep-rooted fear of ruffling her humour' Up until this scene the couples were getting along and if Catherine had concealed her zealous behaviour towards Heathcliff then the calm atmosphere would have remained. Catherine rudely ignores her husband's presence to the extent that he demands the disrespectful behaviour to be stopped and a decision made
'Will you give up Heathcliff hereafter, or will you giver up me? It is impossible for you to be my friend and his at the same time…'

Indeed, Edgar is right to put Catherine's in this difficult situation because any other typical husband at the time would have been less patient with Catherine or banned Heathcliff from the house at an earlier stage.

Catherine struggles because the two men in her life represent two types if world and she cannot have both at the same time. Heathcliff represents the spiritual and natural side of life 'Nelly, I am
Heathcliff-he's always in my mind as my own being' whereas Edgar stands for
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