Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte

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During it release in 1842, ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte was considered to be a novel of obscenity and monstrosity. The novel has the ability to adapt to a range of themes and transcend the forms of content and cultural context within the ideas of love, oppression, power and harmony. Critical readings of the text have challenged and enriched readers in a diverse array of interpretations of language and structure; forming personal meanings that have developed throughout history.

England, in the1840s was a time where the economy struggled with depression and the middle and upper classes feared revolt. Terry Eagleton, within his critical reading, suggests that the novel, ‘Wuthering Heights’, is based on the “enteral conflict of social class” between the “landed gentry” and the “working classes”. Eagleton interprets Heathcliff to represent the social workforce, who sustain turbulence as they invade urban areas searching for work. Heathcliff is a threat to the social establishment as he lacks social and domestic status which forbids him to belong within society. This lack of acceptance causes turmoil within the two houses of the Earnshaw’s and the Linton’s. In the beginning of the novel, Heathcliff is continuously described as “savage” by the tormenting Hindley who, after the death of his father, “drove [Heathcliff] from their company to the servants”. Due to the injustice demonstrated towards Heathcliff, we as the audience, feel a sense of sympathy towards him. Although…

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