Tess Of The D Urbervilles And Wuthering Heights Analysis

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Consider the effect conventional society has on the protagonists within both Wuthering Heights and Tess of the d’Urbervilles. In both “Wuthering Heights” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” the female characters are seen as subservient to their male counterparts and characters such as Heathcliff and Tess are treated as inferior as a result of their lower status. Both novels were considered to be unconventional because the authors explore taboo subjects such as ghosts, child abuse, rape and murder. The Protagonists are affected by societies expectations of the Victorian era that are forced upon them, which affects their actions; preventing their happiness and true love from flourishing. Victorian society held strong, conservative religious views. It was argued that traditional religion favoured men and oppressed women. Women were viewed as subservient to men who held the power within religion, family and society. For this reason Bronte was forced to write Wuthering Heights was under the male pseudonym Ellis Bell. Conventional society would not…show more content…
It is seen as being calm, protected and homely; ‘the light came from thence’. Through her description of the fire within both houses, Bronte further distinguishes between the huge roaring fireplace portraying the passion and turbulence at Wuthering Heights and the small, ashy fireplace at Thrushcross Grange signifying the cold and passionless atmosphere. Similarly, the characters that inhabit the Grange convey this controlled and repressed environment. When Catherine returns to Wuthering Heights from her time there, her judgement has been affected by societal expectations and she reacts differently to Heathcliff… ‘“you are so dirty”’. Heathcliff at first resents this change in Catherine, but later tells Nelly; ‘“Nelly, make me decent, I’m going to be good”’ because he wants to become an acceptable suitor for
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