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Wuthering Heights


            Born of a time of Victorian antiquity and chauvinistic domination, "Ellis Bells" Wuthering Heights opened the gateways to views of society that before had never even been imagined. Her poetic competence and lock within the realm of the romantic age draws a book of criticism and of political messages. Rejected in her time, the status quo allows this book to reach its full potential teaching the morals of class, gender, and pragmatic views. .
             As a member of the country gentry, Mr. Earnshaw held an infallibly aristocratic position in the class system of the age. Based however on wealth and propriety, this label and societal manifestation was easily lost to the scorns of time. The shifting nature of social status is demonstrated in Heathcliffs change from a homeless child to a young gentleman and back to common laborer, only yet again to become a gentleman again. However, Bronte objects to this emphatically emphasized system of the time by interconnecting two loves beyond the ties of cash, but into the bond of love and lust. We most explicitly see this through the great power and knowledge of the lowly servant Nelly. Whether or not she works in the fields or does the dishes, she is the one for which many of the premier characters can confide and tell their deepest inner most secrets. Although, Bronte coments to the social status structure when Catherine decides to marry Edgar Linton to become "the greatest women of the neighborhood". She tells that a marriage to Heathcliff would "degrade herself", in reference to social status. In the end, however, this only becomes evidence to the flaw in this system. It is Heathcliff that provides the deathbed wishes and unconditional love. This systematic relationship uncovers the true nature of a woman, above and beyond the call of the kitchen and mall. To Bronte, A women went beyond the social convention set at the level of the times. In the novel, she expresses these tendencies, as Catherine, at a younger age, did not hold the propriety of the women at Thrushcross Groves, and also did not receive the education as such.


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