Wuthering Heights

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In the gothic novel, Wuthering Heights, a man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the moor country of England in the winter of 1801. Here, he meets his landlord, Heathcliff, a very wealthy man who lives 4 miles away in the manor called Wuthering Heights. Nelly Dean is Lockwood’s housekeeper, who worked as a servant in Wuthering Heights when she was a child. Lockwood asks her to tell him about Heathcliff, she agrees, while she tells the story Lockwood writes it all down in his diary. Nelly worked at Wuthering Heights for the owner, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. One day Mr. Earnshaw leaves for Liverpool and comes back with an orphaned boy. Catherine and Hindley – the two Earnshaw children, can not stand…show more content…
The most obvious example is when Catherine marries Edgar, even though she loves Heathcliff, so she can have a better social status. Another example is the when “young” Catherine is forced to work as a servant at Wuthering Heights after she marries Heathcliff’s son Linton. “ I lingered around them, under the benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.” (Bronte p. 406) This quote was beautifully written and leaves the reader on awe. Wuthering Heights is in the same ethical and moral tradition as the other great Victorian novels. Its criticism of society is as fierce as Charlotte Bronte’s or Dickens’. Much of the same spirit interfuses the novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte. For both writers, society and what passes for civilization are synonymous with selfishness. Both show family life as a sort of open warfare, a deadly struggle for money and power. Both see organized religion as ineffective or hypocritical or so cold and harsh as to be inhumane and deflected from true Christian ideals. The characters in Charlotte Bronte’s first two novels have to face many of the same problems confronting the characters in Wuthering Heights, and they reach the same conclusions. Both William Crimsworth (in The Professor) and Jane Eyre reject the master-slave
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