What Role Does Social Class and Class Ambiguity Play in Wuthering Heights?

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What role does social class and class ambiguity play in Wuthering Heights?

The social class and class ambiguity in Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights is a key aspect when following the plot. When Heathcliff is first introduced Hindley, Hindley shows characteristics of dominants and superiorness. Bronte shows that Thrushcross Grange is a far superior manor to the farmhouse at Wuthering Heights by Catherine's reasoning for marring Edgar. This outlines the difference in social class between the two manors. The differences between the house occupants and the servants show the differences in social class and class ambiguity. Without the different roles of social class and class ambiguity the tail of Wuthering Heights would not be one
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It shows the higher class and elegance of the Grange. Catherine marries Edgar the master of Thrushcross Grange. It is thought that she marries hime purely because she loves him but when Nelly asks her the true reason she reviles that it is more because of the money which she can then use to her advantage, “and he will be rich, and I shall like to be the greatest woman of the neighbourhood”. She marries Edgar because of her desire for social advancement. Once again this shows that Thrustcross Grange is of a higher social class to Wuthering Heights.

Catherine highlights the social class and class ambiguity in Wuthering Heights. She is torn between her wild passion for Heathcliff and her social ambition which she can achieve through marring Edgar. She knows that she is truly in love with Heathcliff but she knows that if she marries him she will not be rich nor the “greatest woman of the neighbourhood”. She tells Nelly “I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself - but, as my own being.” She marries Edgar in order to advance in social status.

Wuthering Heights shows the different social class' and class ambiguity throughout the novel. It explores these by the level of dominants a character has and through the two different manors. The roles of each class differ from a typical social class structor in the 1800's. Catherine shows her reasons for marring Edgar and this shows how social

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