A new standard for defining a gentleman, money, was challenging the traditional criteria of breeding and family and the more recent criterion of character. This social-economic reality provides the context for socio-economic readings of the novel. Initially the answer would seem to be "no.
Plot[ edit ] Opening chapters 1 to 3 [ edit ] InLockwooda wealthy young man from the South of England, who is seeking peace and recuperation, rents Thrushcross Grange in Yorkshire. He visits his landlordHeathcliffwho lives in a remote moorland farmhouse, Wuthering Heights.
There Lockwood finds an odd assemblage: Heathcliff, who seems to be a gentleman, but his manners are uncouth; the reserved mistress of the house, who is in her mid-teens; and a young man, who seems to be a member of the family, yet dresses and speaks as if he is a servant.
Snowed in, Lockwood is grudgingly allowed to stay and is shown to a bedchamber, where he notices books and graffiti left by a former inhabitant named Catherine.
He falls asleep and has a nightmare, in which he sees the ghostly Catherine trying to enter through the window. He cries out in fear, rousing Heathcliff, who rushes into the room. Lockwood is convinced that what he saw was real.
Heathcliff, believing Lockwood to be right, examines the window and opens it, hoping to allow Catherine's spirit to enter.
When nothing happens, Heathcliff shows Lockwood to his own bedroom and returns to keep watch at the window. At sunrise, Heathcliff escorts Lockwood back to Thrushcross Grange.
After his visit to the Heights, Lockwood becomes ill and is confined to his bed for some length of time. The Grange housekeeper, Ellen Nelly Deanwho is looking after him, tells him the story of the family at the Heights during his convalescence.
Heathcliff's childhood chapters 4 to 17 [ edit ] Thirty years earlier, the owner of Wuthering Heights was Mr. Earnshaw, who lived with his son Hindley and younger daughter Catherine. On a trip to LiverpoolEarnshaw encounters a homeless boy, described as a "dark-skinned gypsy in aspect".
He adopts the boy and names him Heathcliff. Hindley feels that Heathcliff has supplanted him in his father's affections and becomes bitterly jealous. Catherine and Heathcliff become friends and spend hours each day playing on the moors.
Three years later Earnshaw dies, and Hindley becomes the landowner; he is now master of Wuthering Heights. He returns to live there with his new wife, Frances. He allows Heathcliff to stay, but only as a servant, and regularly mistreats him.
After being discovered, they try to run away, but are caught. Catherine is injured by the Lintons' dog and taken into the house to recuperate, while Heathcliff is sent home.
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. Wuthering Heights was hewn in a wild workshop, with simple tools, out of homely materials And there it stands colossal, dark, and frowning, half statue, half rock; in the former sense, terrible and goblin-like; in the latter, almost beautiful, for its colouring is of mellow grey, and moorland moss clothes it; and heath, with its blooming bells and balmy fragrance, grows faithfully close to. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's only novel, was published in under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell". It was written between October and June ,  Wuthering Heights and Anne Brontë 's Agnes Grey were accepted by publisher Thomas Newby before the success of their sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre.
Catherine stays with the Lintons. The Lintons are landed gentryand Catherine is influenced by their elegant appearance and genteel manners.
When she returns to Wuthering Heights, her appearance and manners are more ladylike, and she laughs at Heathcliff's unkempt appearance. The next day, knowing that the Lintons are to visit, Heathcliff, upon Nelly's advice, tries to dress up, in an effort to impress Catherine, but he and Edgar get into an argument, and Hindley humiliates Heathcliff by locking him in the attic.
Catherine tries to comfort Heathcliff, but he vows revenge on Hindley. The following year, Frances Earnshaw gives birth to a son, named Haretonbut she dies a few months later.
Hindley descends into drunkenness. Two more years pass, and Catherine and Edgar Linton become friends, while she becomes more distant from Heathcliff.
Edgar visits Catherine while Hindley is away, and they declare themselves lovers soon afterwards. Catherine confesses to Nelly that Edgar has proposed marriage and she has accepted, although her love for Edgar is not comparable to her love for Heathcliff, whom she cannot marry because of his low social status and lack of education.
She hopes to use her position as Edgar's wife to raise Heathcliff's standing. Heathcliff overhears her say that it would "degrade" her to marry him but not how much she loves himand he runs away and disappears without a trace.CLASS STRUCTURE IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS Heathcliff: Heathcliff becomes a “servant” for a time after Mr.
Earnshaw’s death; he had previously been a. Latest books news, comment, reviews and analysis from the Guardian. In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
Wuthering Heights is also a social novel about class structure in society as well as a treatise on the role of women.
Brontë illustrates how class mobility is not always moving in one direction. Brontë illustrates how class mobility is not always moving in one direction.
Wuthering Heights was hewn in a wild workshop, with simple tools, out of homely materials And there it stands colossal, dark, and frowning, half statue, half rock; in the former sense, terrible and goblin-like; in the latter, almost beautiful, for its colouring is of mellow grey, and moorland moss clothes it; and heath, with its blooming bells and balmy fragrance, grows faithfully close to.
Feb 27, · “Typically social class is presented as the most important factor in the relationships between lovers.” Explore the extent to which you agree with this statement for Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë, the author of the novel, lived in the Victorian era.
During those times, a strict class hierarchy was set with societal expectations that .