Class Struggle In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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CHAPTER 3 CLASS STRUGGLE

Generally class struggle means conflict between the upper class and lower class the idea of Class struggle is long-used mostly by socialists and communists, who define a class by its relationship to the means of production such as factories, land, and machinery. From this point of view, the social control of production and labour is a fight between classes, and the division of these resources basically involves conflict and causes damage. Societies are socially divided based on status, wealth, or control of social production and distribution, and in this division of class conflict arises. It is important to know Karl Marx theory on class struggle; he viewed the structure of society in relation to
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The novel was published during the Industrial Revolution, a time of great economic change in which laborers fought for fair conditions at the workplace, and employers fought to defend themselves. People formed groups to work for their own benefit, thus causing the separation of classes. As a novel written during the Victorian era, Emily Bronte’s intensely class conscious novel Wuthering Heights is a story of protecting and improving one's social and economic class. Much of this struggle results from a distinct division of classes and is described through such ways as personal relationships, appearance of characters, and even the setting. The division of classes is based on cultural, economic, and social differences, and it greatly affects the general behavior and actions of each character. These struggles between social classes roughly resemble a real-life conflict during this…show more content…
The intense conflicts which are characteristics of its artistic structure are create in the terms of social conflicts. The roots and causes of these conflicts are in the pressures of the society with which the novel was published. Wuthering Heights was published two times in 1837 and 1848, times of great change due to the Industrial Revolution. Thus, it reflects in some way the class struggle. Heathcliff did create a classless society, he made everyone his servants. An example is as what he did to Cathy; “That lass Cathy owes me her service for her bread; I’m not going to nurture her in luxury and idleness after Linton is gone”

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