`` Wuthering Heights `` By Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights, a celebrated classic of English literature, offers important social commentary that readers in modern times can relate to. Throughout Emily Brontë’s novel, the emphasis placed on the overbearing social pressures in society affected the characters’ sense of self and the course of their romantic relationships. In modern society, this underlying theme of social class differences in the novel parallels the prevalence of privilege in many aspects of our daily lives. Although today’s culture has come a long way since late eighteenth century English society, Wuthering Heights demonstrates to readers that many social issues that existed back then exist today as well.
A character’s social status in the Wuthering Heights depends mainly on income, birth, and family connections. Although this system is extremely traditional and obviously not fair, most people had a tendency to accept their place in society, because there was not much that they could do to change it. Many traits that Brontë uses to characterize people in the novel, like clothing, etiquette, social connections, and education, descriptively reveal the social class of each character. For example, the Lintons are by far the most elite family in the novel. Although Edgar Linton, the young heir to the property, is lanky and has sluggish movements, he is described as having “a grace in his manner that mitigated these defects” (Brontë 180). The air with which he carries himself frames him as a person of high…

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