The Importance Of Social Class In Wuthering Heights

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In England, there were three major classes during the eighteenth century that are the gentry or the upper class, the middle class and the lower class. In English novel “Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte wrote in 1847, the social class was influential in English economy and society. The story of novel can see a lot of the lower class, like Heathcliff and Nelly who are a low income. In contrast, Catherine and her family are middle class, and Edgar Linton and his family are upper class. It really shows how different living is for all the levels of classes in Wuthering Height and Thrush cross Grange. Social class has an effect on people life from the past till now because social class give people an opportunity on family life, education, social …show more content…
There were the gentry, the middle-class and working class. The gentry were a class of society comprising people who born into a wealthy family, they were wealthy. The gentry owned land rather money. Lands were most protected by wills and would pass to the oldest. The system restricted what a landowner could do with his inherit property. The land would be passed to the next generation. In the novel, the author reveals a class status and informs the character motivation in Wuthering Heights. Catherin decided to marry Edgar Linton that she will be “greatest women the neighbor” (Bronte 97). It mentions that Edgar Linton is the upper class. People in the upper class generally refer to marry people social status because people in the upper class are more influential in politic than people in the middle class or working class. People in the upper class are always associated with elite social networks. People in the upper class can access in people who have powerful position because they have knowledge. The social network has many benefits in seeking a great education and finding a good job to promote their position. Therefore, the upper class gave people an advantage at everything. People in the upper class could buy expensive cloths, accessories that imported from Europe and lives in a luxurious house. It is obviously that both of them have enough money to live a luxurious …show more content…
This working class earns the lower of the income, so their jobs are the lowest level of the servant. They do not have much skill to work like the upper class and lower class because they are poor and have undulation that time. They work long hour than the upper class and the middle class. They will do a labor skill by work quickly and more cheaply. Hence, in the novel, Nelly is a servant, and Nelly works long hours in the Wuthering Height. Nelly earns a lower of the income. She does many side jobs in the Wuthering Height. She has to cook a food, nurse Catherin Linton, and take care of Mr. Earnshaw’s family and Mr. Edgars as well. Nelly works from Catherin’s father generation to Catherine’s daughter generation. In addition, Heathcliff is the lowest class because he is poor and homeless. He does not have his own property, and have uneducated; he relies on Mr. Earnshaw by living in Mrs. Earnshaw’s homes. Nelly shows that she is working class or labor class in the eighteen century. Mr. Heathcliff shows that he is the lower class (37). The social hierarchy has developed widely different lifestyles, culture values which have result in social status even within working class and the lower

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