Contextual factors of Wuthering Heights

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    • Bronte's mother and two eldest sisters died early in Emily's Childhood.
      • Branwell died in 1848 or tuberculosis
        • Emily became extremely ill soon after and died.
    • In 1830, the Bronte's attempts of careers were unsuccesful
      • Branwell became an alcoholic
      • Emily pined for the moors
      • Charlotte fell in love with a married man
      • Anne was fired from her job as a Governess
    • Charlotte, Emily and Anne had self -published names of Curror, Ellis and Acton Bell
    • Wuthering Heights was not received well at first, Critics called it  'misshapen', 'grotesque' and 'shocking'
      • While Jane Eyre previously had an immediate success
    • Published in 1847, a time of massive economic and social change, undergoing the industrial revolution.
      • Like Wuthering Heights, Haworth is isolated. But still saw a change due to the  shift.
        • The conditions got worse and even a well off family like the Bronte's were affected.
    • 19th Century Novels became longer, and more interested in internal psychological aspects of life.
      • Growing numbers of women became too poor to not work but too genteel to do so.
        • Like in Jane Eyre and could be said for Isabella when ran away.
        • Only the role of governess was left


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