Themes And Characters In Emily Bronte's Novel Wuthering Heights

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Gwendy Alcocer Carrillo English IV Honors Draft One- No Sources 6 November 2017 Throughout Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, a theme is presented: people need to be valued in order to do good in the world, and when they are not they cause destruction. When Heathcliff was adopted by Mr. Earnshaw, Mr. Earnshaw’s family viewed Heathcliff as a thing rather than a child. Heathcliff was rejected by the servants and the Earnshaw family for being an orphan and being poor. The social status of the Victorian Age was as follows: if a person was white and plump, he/she was identified as wealthy; but if a person was dark-skinned he/she was classified in the working class. This is so by those who were dark-skinned had to spent much of their lives…show more content…
In the novel Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is the protagonist but he is viewed as an unacceptable character by the rest of the cast (“Wuthering Heights: Two views of the new Heathcliff”). When the movie version was released, Heathcliff’s character was perform by a black man named James Howson. Due to Heathcliff’s humble background, the directors of Wuthering Heights felt it was appropriate to create him as a black man. In conclusion, dark-skinned men were described as poor and limited in society during the Victorian…show more content…
Both characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, die from psychosis- a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality (Karjohn). When Catherine spends weeks at Thrushcross Grange, she adopts the formal ways of her hosts simply because of her background. Having power in one’s hands changes the individual’s mentality. For example, when Catherine returned from Thrushcross Grange, she offends Heathcliff by telling him he is ‘so dirty’. Heathcliff and Catherine can only be reunited by
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