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Emily Bronte English novelist, poet and author is well known and feted for her classic Wuthering Heights, a story of love and hate. A story read and reread by many, talked about and still written about today, what is this all consuming attraction to this novel of a by gone era? Callum White explores this question in his thought provoking article, as he delves into Bronte’s novel unravelling the weave of symbols of cultural conflict within her tale. Journeying back to the height of the Victorian bourgeois capitalistic imperialistic society a time when great change was afoot and the emergence of socialism was alluring to many.
Victorian literature for the most part has been the product of the middle class or as commonly put by Karl Marx the petit bourgeois. The bourgeois was comprised of small-scale capitalists such as shop-keepers and government employees and in the case of Wuthering Heights it is no different. Written in 1846, Emily Bronte’s novel contains a turbulent ideological storm, demonstrating an apparent crisis of the Victorian era petit bourgeois class to which Bronte was born. Throughout the novel the various crises surrounding the estate and the family are all explored, but more importantly, Wuthering Heights examines the crisis of individuality versus custom, since the contradiction between the social expectations of class privilege and the selfhood advocated by the materialistic pursuit of the capitalist system is the very essence of Victorian consciousness.
Bronte appears from the onset of her story more interested in showing the reader a realistic world that is not shackled by fantastical dreams and desires. Rather she shows a world beset by the same conflicts as her own. Her highly integrated and mysterious approach utterly defies the prevailing methodology of fiction literature to remove the reader from the discord of their existence; much…...

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