An Analysis of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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The Social Network
Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Bronte, depicts the convergence of two neighboring families with vastly different backgrounds. At Wuthering Heights, the Earnshaws work hard to make a living and are not worried about their social status as much as their well-being. The deceased Mr. Earnshaw stirred things up at Wuthering Heights when he brought home a young boy who he named Heathcliff. Heathcliff grows up as if he were one of Mr. Earnshaw’s children. The Lintons, on the other hand, live in the more upscale residence that is Thrushcross Grange, where they act very proper and classy so that they can preserve their reputation among their peers. The inevitable encounter between the residents of these places triggered an unusual series of events which make up the timeless classic Wuthering Heights. Bronte pairs many of the significant aspects of the story so that the readers can see the clear difference in economic interests and social classes. Three of these doubles that Bronte uses repeatedly throughout the novel are Catherine and Heathcliff, the upper and lower social classes, and lastly Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

Emily Bronte uses the double of Heathcliff and Catherine to exemplify a case of great differences even with their passionate relationship. Catherine states that “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now” (pg.54). This statement shows the social difference between Catherine and Heathcliff. Since Heathcliff went from an orphan to a servant at the Earnshaw household (after Hindley took over for the deceased Mr. Earnshaw), Catherine realizes that even though she loves Heathcliff, it would be social suicide for her to marry him. Catherine said about Heathcliff “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger; I should not seem a part of it” (Bronte, pg.60). This quote from Catherine shows just how...
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