The two novels, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, do compare especially in the way of the two major relationships which encapsulate each novel’s plot. In Wuthering Heights, the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff greatly compare to that of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. With Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, the idea of social standing within society keeps them apart and makes one seem less appealing to the other. Because of Darcy’s high social standing, the relationship between the two seems impossible. In Wuthering Heights, Catherine and Heathcliff experience the same thing, but the roles are reversed. Catherine is the one who obtains a more graceful and acceptable social standing where as Heathcliff is seen as the unwanted brute who would not obtain any form of wealth and stability in life. Though the two differ, both couples end up realizing that regardless of social standing, they do in fact love each other. Now this is where the difference comes in. In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth end up together and happy. Unfortunately, Heathcliff and Catherine do not suffer the same fate. The two remain separated leaving Catherine involved in a relationship which she does not care about and Heathcliff in a vengeful state. Also, it is appropriate to note here that Austin’s and Bronte’s style are quite different. Bronte, whose sole novel is Wuthering Heights, writes in a very Gothic style where as Austin, known for multiple novels, focuses more on realism and satire. There is nothing funny about Bronte’s novels, but Jane Austine is known for giving her reader a chuckle. This difference only adds to the understanding that Bronte’s idea of a love story would start in torment and end in it as well just as Austin’s idea of a love story would be a struggle followed by happy relief. But, I do believe that the theme of “Pride” does reflect greatly upon 19th century novels.
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