Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Presently, society is constructed in such a way that the upper class and the lower class cannot work to change places unless they are extremely fortunate. The ladder of society has always existed in this manner, and many authors have chosen to explore what pushing the constraints of a set society will do. In Wuthering Heights, a novel by Emily Brontë, the social constraints of the community in which the characters live, are constantly being pushed as the characters change social classes, through marriage and hard work, and in the treatment of other characters. The actions are often motivated by a superficial impression; many interactions between the characters are based on the influence of social classes, and the changes that shift the characters from one social class to another which Brontë occurs as an overlaying theme in the story. Brontë illustrates the differences in the classes using the literary devices of imagery, symbols, dialogue, and irony. A change in the social class for a certain character leads to a change in the interactions with that character. The descriptions used in the story distinguish the appearance of one class from another. “He is a dark-skinned gypsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is as much a gentleman as many a country squire (Chapter 1).” Heathcliff is rich and is perceived to be a gentleman, which is in contrast to his past as a ward of the country, and as a servant. In his past, Heathcliff is brought home by Mr. Earnshaw, and

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