An Analysis Of Emily Bronte 's ' Wuthering Heights ' Essay examples

1342 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Fighting the Norm The famous economist and philosopher, Karl Marx, stated that “The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class”. This theory is very applicable to Wuthering Heights as the socio economic picture that is painted by the author Emily Bronte is shown from the bourgeoisie, the term used by Karl Marx to describe upper social class, standpoint and their suppression of the proletarians, also known as the lower and working classes. The traditional upper social classes are strongly associated with the standards of their class and social norms cannot be ignored when we dissect the social class hierarchies as they were key components of the identity of that class. With the culmination of the novel, we view the criticism of Bronte on the traditional 19th century social hierarchy and her wish to overthrow the accepted norms. Before lunging into the abyss of marriage we must analyze the social norms of the 1800’s in England. During the early and mid 19th century, family and social structure was dominated by the men. It was thought that “women would get married and that their husbands would take care of them” (Simkin). That chauvinistic norm of the time provided a platform that allowed men to continuously exploit women financially in return for falsely advertised safety, as many accounts to beatings are known. The dilemma that is present in Wuthering Heights is if Catherine should be marrying for money and class or for true love. Emily Bronte…

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