Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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How can I connect Wuthering Heights to the Victorian era?

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Bronte's treatment of education and social class structure in Wuthering Heights all clearly reflect the influence of the Victorian era in which Bronte wrote the novel.

Hindley's abuse of Heathcliff reflects a problem in Hindley's character, and one way Hindley mistreats Heathcliff is to stand in the way of Heathcliff's education. Additionally, Hindley interferes with Heathcliff so violently that Mr. Earnshaw is advised by the curate to send Hindley away to boarding school. In both of these situations, Victorian education is seen as a valuable asset, so valuable that Hindley does not want...

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Although the social settings of the novel are landscaped in entirely within the Romantic period, the values of both the Romantic and Victorian periods are present in the novel.  Moreover the  victoran age elements are dominantly present.

The love triangle involves Catherine Earnshaw Linton, Edgar Linton, and Heathcliff  and their-interpersonal relations depicts the romantic age impacts. The social  mannerisms and non-violent nature  of the characters like Lintons is also representative of  Victorian norms. However  violence is clearly a negative counter to Victorian Family ideals. The second love  triangle, that of Cathy Linton the younger, Hareton, and Linton, exemplifies the Victorian era. The consciousness of women rights and sense of social responsibility in property matters are aspects ascribed to Victrian period.

 

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