The Victorian Elements in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontё Essay

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"The Victorian elements in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontё"

The Victorian Era, in which Brontё composed Wuthering Heights, receives its name from the reign of Queen Victoria of England. The era was a great age of the English novel, which was the ideal form to descibe contemporary life and to entertain the middle class. Emily, born in 1818, lived in a household in the countryside in Yorkshire, locates her fiction in the worlds she knows personally. In addition, she makes the novel even more personal by reflecting her own life and experiences in both characters and action of Wuthering Heights. In fact, many characters in the novel grow up motherless, reflecting Emily’s own childhood, as her mother died when Emily was three years old.
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And wheedle my father out of all he has; only afterwards show him what you are, imp of Satan. And take that! I hope he'll kick out your brains!” (Brontё 39). Hindley mistreats Heathcliff as he is aware of having power over the Mr.Earnshaw’s non natural-born son. As the punishment for not obeying the Hindley’s will, both Catherine and Heathcliff are being taken into the custody. Hindley “refuses him the familial spaces of Wuthering Heights, and asserts his power to render the younger boy homeless” (Steinitz). According to Catherine,
“Hindley calls him a vagabond, and won’t let him sit with us, nor eat with us anymore, and, he and I must not play together, and threatens, to turn him out of the house if we break his orders” (Brontё 21).
As the result of this treatment, Heathcliff grows up to be the most selfish person in the family. He was hateful, spiteful and very vengeful. As Hindley tormentes Heathcliff, Heathcliff later torments Heraton. He forces him to work in the house as a common servant, belittles him, and psychologically abuses by constantly badgering him. Heathcliff becomes an uncaring parent enacting a part of his revenge. He takes revenge on Hareton by ensuring that the boy is raised in ignorance, with loutish manners, so that he will never escape his situation. Heathcliff tries to make Heraton’s childhood at least as miserable as his own, wishing that Heraton would become someone alike him; “And we’ll see if one tree

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