Emily Bronte 's Wuthering Heights Essay

1214 Words Feb 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Containing a multitude of ideas and themes, Wuthering Heights raises the question: what is Emily Brontë’s purpose that she wants the reader to grasp? It is plausible that the message pertains to women and the struggles encountered during that time. Brontë utilizes her characters in Wuthering Heights to show women’s struggles with being regarded as inferior to men in misogynistic, Victorian England. Brontë gives the reader a glimpse of the laws in effect that display the restrictions set on women. Inheritance laws play a pivotal role in driving the plot of the story and showing the injustices women suffer. Shortly before his death, Edgar Linton attempted to put Catherine’s fortune in the hands of trustees so that Heathcliff could not attain anything when Linton dies (291). However, the lawyer sold himself to Mr. Heathcliff and the estate was not protected. When young Catherine Linton’s husband, Linton, passes away, her estate, Thrushcross Grange, is not entitled to her. Instead, Heathcliff receives the property because he is the closest male heir. These laws help Heathcliff create his plan to force Catherine into marriage with Linton. When Heathcliff passes, Hareton is the heir to Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The lack of a will and the automatic inheritance to the closest male restricts the freedom of women. Brontë must deal with these harsh realities and injustices and expresses her distaste for inheritance laws by using Heathcliff’s conniving plan…

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