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Social Class in Wuthering Heights

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Courtney Anastasi-Foss

on 1 March 2013

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Social Class of the Lintons High class
Victorian manor
Good manners
Isabella and Edgar are stuck up Social Class of the Earnshaws High class
Gothic manor
Odd in the way they approach guests
Not sociable or inviting Social Class of Heathcliff Lower class
“Gypsy boy”
Treated terrible by Hindley
Very passionate about Catherine
Genuine person How does social class motivate Catherine’s actions? •When Catherine is at Thrushcross Grange she becomes very sophisticated and cultured. This makes her call Heathcliff “dirty” which is something she wouldn’t usually say, but the Linton’s influenced her.
•Catherine marries Edgar because even though she loves Heathcliff, it would be beneath her to marry a person of such low class.
•She wants to be with Heathcliff but she cannot due to social class. That she has always loved Heathcliff and that will never change. However, her feelings for Edgar change like the seasons. Which are of higher social class? •The name “Earnshaw” is high class and a good name to have.
•Being a Linton is even better; the name is much more entitled in the eyes of society. They are viewed as higher status (gentry) (Victorian lifestyle.) Social Class in Wuthering Heights "My love for Edgar is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary." Chapter 9 pg. 71 Quotation 1 Catherine says... Connection to present day In the movie Allie and Noah are deeply in love but her parents will not let them see each other because they think he is not good enough for their daughter. Heathcliff is too beneath Catherine. How does Catherine try to
change her social class? Catherine wants to change her class so she can take care of Heathcliff. If she marries Edgar, Catherine will make Edgar deal with Heathcliff. How does Heathcliff’s social class influence the way he is treated and his own actions? •He is treated poorly by Hindly because he is Mr. Earnshaws favorite.
•The Linton's look down on him because he is scum to them.
•He wants to get revenge on Hindley, and Edgar.
•He gets revenge on Edgar by marrying Isabella. •Later in the book, Heathcliff returns well dressed and well mannered.
•He appears to be of higher class at this point.
•Peope see that Heathcliff has changed his appearance and behavior, however, to Edgar he is just a slave dressed in fancy clothes. Catherine still sees him as the love of his life and the genuine person he has always been. How does Heathcliff's social class change? Quotation 3 “Set two tables here, Ellen: one for your master and Miss Isabella, being gentry; the other for Heathcliff and myself, being of the lower orders. Will that please you, dear? Or must I have a fire lightened elsewhere? If so, give directions.” Chapter 10 pg. 83 Catherine is saying to Edgar that if he is going to stand their and mistreat Heathcliff, she will go with him somewhere else because that is where the "non-gentry" should go; only if that pleases you dearest! Catherine says... What is the role of social class in the novel? "Did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married, we should be beggars? Whereas if I marry Edgar, I can aid Heathcliff to rise and place him out of my brother's power." Chapter 9 pg. 71 Quotation 2 How do tensions in the book result from class struggles? •High class people deemed anyone lower than them to be inferior.
•Hindley denies Heathcliff an education; he is forcing him to become a servant. Hindley is basically controlling his life because he has to stay a slave and is not permitted an education. Tensions in the novel continued... •Heathcliff's revenge is tied directly to the novel's class issues, because he now owns property. (Gentry)
•Later, Heathcliff sets out to punish Hindley's son, Hareton, by denying him an education. •Social class determines hatred, marriage, financial situations, and occupation in Wuthering heights.
•The strict guidelines of class structure break hearts, bring forth marriages without love, and affect the physical and emotional well being of the characters. •Nelly, Joseph, and Zillah play the role of domestic servants, and the low, working class.
•Nelly acts as a "peace keeper." •She is there to listen to others and be the "wise woman."
•Both Catherine and Heathcliff confide in Nelly about each other. Continued... What role do the servants Nelly, Joseph, and Zillah play in the novel? ?????????? Revenge! Do you think Heathcliff changed social classes?
Does wealth determine social class or is there more?
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