What makes Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë a significant novel?

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is a Victorian novel, which traditionally contains characters who lead a hard and difficult life in nearly every way and are then redeemed in the end by hard work and overcoming, in some way, their personal flaws. In other words, in a Victorian novel, the protagonists spend the bulk of their stories enduring their difficult circumstances (usually created by some injustice(s) in society) and perhaps wallowing in their sinful natures, and are then rewarded for their efforts, ensuring a happy ending to the novel.

Wuthering Heights is significant because it is not a typical Victorian novel. One thing it does have in common with most other significant Victorian novels is that it deals with the distinct economic differences between the rich and the poor. That is the crux of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol , for example, and it is certainly an issue in Brontë's novel. In fact, this class distinction is one of the most significant factors in how things go...

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