The Importance Of Social Class Conflict Throughout Emily Bronte 's ' Wuthering Heights '

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The Importance of social Class in Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 's Wuthering Heights takes its reader into the setting of the early nineteenth century in Victorian England. An important aspect of this time period is that it takes place in the onset of the Industrial Revolution. This was a time of great change for England (Kettle). These changes were not limited to newer technology, but also tried to challenge a previous social class structure. For a long time in England, one 's rank in society was mainly determined on family wealth. As the industrial revolution was on the rise, a new group of wealthy people came into play challenging old tradition. Brontë likely viewed this time as the beginnings of social order change, but it is clear from the story that the traditionally accepted social order was still overwhelmingly recognized. This theme of social class conflict can be seen repetitively throughout Wuthering Heights. With such social pressures of the Victorian era, one can see the great impact that it had through the characters of Wuthering Heights. Much of the problems that Heathcliff faced in the novel can be rooted from society 's view of orphans such as Heathcliff. As Shapiro writes in her essay, "the outset Heathcliff is much like the orphans in other Victorian novels. He is alone, an outcast, as much an "alien" or "interloper" among the Earnshaws." When Mr. Earnshaw first takes him in, he is described as a dark gypsy. During this time to be an…

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