Social Class: Murderer of Love
There were racial distinctions and social classes in Victorian Age. There were some kinds of people whom the society did to like. Noble birth was very important for Victorian society. We see the reflections in Wuthering Heights. While narrating the stories, Nelly calls Heathcliff as “gypsy” for many times. Even this word itself shows how important were social status and race. The social class was in this order: Royalty, aristocracy, gentry and lower classes.
When he was a little child about seven years old, Heathcliff was found by Hareton Earnshaw in Liverpool. Mr. Earnshaw takes this parentless little child to his house and adopts this “gypsy” child. However, his other child, Hindley, does not like Heathcliff and tortures him in his childhood. On the other hand, Edgar Linton is son of a rich family. Edgar has had better life and has been brought up as a tender person. In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Edgar are rivals. Nevertheless, Heathcliff disparages himself and wishes to be like Edgar by saying:
In other words, I must wish for Edgar Linton’s great blue eyes and even forehead. I do–and that won’t help me to them.
There were some typical servants in Victorian Age. For example; housekeeper, lady’s maid, cook, butler, and footman were some of them. These kinds of people never had education, they had almost no fortune, they had no superiority in the house, etc. However, Nelly tries to show herself different from other servants to Mr. Lockwood. Mr. Lockwood sympathizes her by saying:
Excepting a few provincialisms of slight consequence, you have no marks of the manners which I am habituated to consider as peculiar to your class. I am sure you have thought a great deal more than the generality of servants think.
Then, Nelly says she had read many books in her life. In addition, we can say that servants had some rudeness both in behaviors and in speaking. For example, Joseph’s language is very bad and Heathcliff behaves...