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Although the novel does challenge the social standards of time - particularly class structure - Bronte focuses less on the society and more on the individual. Particularly, Bronte uses the novel to explore the emotions of the individual - passion, love, regret, anger - and how these emotions manifest. The love of Heathcliff and Catherine is pure, and so it should be unmarred; however, it is as much thier own behavior that impedes that love as it is the structure of society. Passionate humans can often be overthrown by their passions - as Heathcliff, Catherine, and Hindley all are. In contrast to this passion is Linton, who deals with all situations with patience and calm. Many readers would suggest that Bronte is praising Linton and criticizing the impulsive passion of the others. However, most critics believe that Bronte was embracing the passion of humanity and its ability to link the souls of two people in life and in death.
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