Wuthering Heights context (social,literary,historical &political)

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  • Wuthering Heights Context
    • Social
      • Industrial revolution
        • Historical
          • Victorian period
            • Strict morals and values
              • slow social mobility
            • Thrushcross Grange can be viewed as a 'Victorian ideal'
              • Wuthering Heights contrasts with this - represents freedom and escape
          • American revolution
            • More common men prevailing over old power and wealth
              • Can be seen with Heathcliff's social mobility
                • 'Underdog' character
              • Old money vs. new money
        • Created many jobs
          • abandonment of the countryside
        • Ruined the natural landscape
          • City vs. rural
            • Bronte grew up in the moors
            • increasing urbanisation
              • more reliance on man and less on the strong beliefs of God
                • contrast to what Bronte was used to
                  • Religious upbringing
                    • Her father worked in the church
    • Political
      • American revolution
        • More common men prevailing over old power and wealth
          • Can be seen with Heathcliff's social mobility
            • 'Underdog' character
          • Old money vs. new money
      • Female ruler Queen victoria
        • Bronte created Cathy to be a powerful female - strong willed
          • Made Nelly the dominant narrator - female voice
        • Historical
          • Victorian period
            • Strict morals and values
              • slow social mobility
            • Thrushcross Grange can be viewed as a 'Victorian ideal'
              • Wuthering Heights contrasts with this - represents freedom and escape
    • Literary
      • Bronte sisters had to publish under male pseudonyms
        • Wanted to receive fair criticism as a man would
      • Exploration of genres
        • Gothic vs. Romantic
          • Her mother died when she was young
            • reflects the fine line between love and death in the novel
      • Chinese box structure
        • unconventional of Victorian literature

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