Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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How does Brontë explore social stratification and class through the character of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

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Emily Brontë uses the character of Heathcliff as her primary vehicle for exploring issues of class inequality in eighteenth-century England. Heathcliff enters the novel when he enters the Earnshaw home. Whatever knowledge or memory he had of his heritage and early life is dismissed as a likely obstacle to his future well being. Mr. Earnshaw found and, to his way if thinking, rescued the boy. Like Earnshaw, the reader does not learn the boy's...

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