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The English Victorian Age was the result of hundreds of years of a society living in class conflict. Lands, inherited money, and title were everything in the eyes of the law and society. If a man did not have one or more of these three things in his life, then he was considered of a lower class, a lower mental capacity, and of lower human worth. Catherine succumbs to the pressures of this society and chooses to marry for social status rather than for honest love. Heathcliff decides to fight his low social status by taking advantage of his own fate and manipulating the fate of others. Sadly, Heathcliff does not change his behavior and remains an ill-fated, tragic character for whom a reader would like to cheer but cannot because of it. Linton, on the other hand, proves his higher status by behaving honorably while also possessing land, money and title.
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