‘Compare and Contrast the Function of Class in Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations.’

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‘Compare and contrast the function of class in Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations.’ In this essay I will be looking at Charles Dickens 1860 novel Great expectations and Emily Bronte 1847 Wuthering Heights. Both Novels where written in the Victorian Era when class was one of up most important factors in society. The early nineteenth century saw the beginning of the industrial revolution. A lot was changing at that time as old money was being contested with new money. A new breed of middle and upper class where fighting their way into the limelight, and seeking to be social accepted. “Marxist Terry Eagleton posits a complex and contradictory relationship between the landed gentry and aristocracy, the traditional power-holders, and the capitalist, industrial middle classes, who were pushing for social acceptance and political power. Simultaneously with the struggle among these groups, an accommodation was developing based on economic interests”. Both writers came from middle class families although Charles Dickens did suffer hardship for a short period of time. Dickens and Bronte both have expressed their views on class segregation and the effect that it has on people. The protagonist in each Novel shows how both sides of wealth affect them in different ways. Class ultimately plays an underlining role in expressing the moral of each novel. In this essay I aim to look at how Dickens and Bronte have expressed the role and importance of class through their novels Great Expectations and wuthering heights. In Great Expectations we see our protagonist Pip go from poverty to riches. His character is one that from the start of the novel is clear that he is unhappy with his standards of living. "Biddy," said I, after binding her to secrecy, "I want to be a gentleman." (1.17.24)His desire to become wealthy is immense and at his first opportunity to do so he is
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