Similar Themes In the novels Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Similar Themes In the novels Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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In the novels “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen although very different, have similar ideas when it comes to their desire of social class. Many characters do their best to marry into a higher social class no matter the cost of the ones they love. The moral of both narratives is that having money and land does not bring one happiness, instead being with the one they love does.
First, in each relationship one person seems to be more appealing than the other by how much land is obtained. In Pride and Prejudice, it was Mrs. Bennet’s goal to have all of her children married to someone wealthy, regardless of her daughters’ feelings for that person. For example, "An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do." (18.20).
Correspondingly, the characters in many cases do what they have to do in order to not disgrace their family from being lower class. Catherine married Edgar even though she did not really love him because if she married Heathcliff instead it would have brought down her social class, but later regrets it as shown in, "I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now." (9.92). Later, when Mr. Darcy does propose to Elizabeth, he tells of how he will decline in class because of it as understood in, “He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride...


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...sgraced which causes an abundance of unexpected marriages just to heighten their standard even if they do not really love each other. This causes conflicts in both novels between the ones who really love each other. Manipulation ensues due to characters wanting to get the most out of situations to better themselves. However, the falling action and resolution makes a turn in two different directions. Austen went the route of the resolution being uplifting. Conversely, Bronte ended depressing as most of the characters died, nut did leave a small amount of optimism for Hareton and Cathy. Either way, it was established that social class did not bring them happiness.



Works Cited

Brontë, Emily, Fritz Eichenberg, and Bruce Rogers. Wuthering Heights. New York: Random House, 1943. Print.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. West Haven, CT: Academic Industries, 1984. Print.

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