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Literature over time has emulated the time period and location from which it was derived Different eras and cultures have produced works that whether through different writing styles dialect or mood represent the attitudes shared by many of the writers contemporaries Thus we are able to recognize the changes man has endured morally spiritually intelligently and physically throughout history Furthermore we characterize these changes and label particular time periods according to the literature they produce Literature grows with evolving societies in the form of themes represented by its characters While these themes embrace new viewpoints and styles an aura of alienation or the need for characters to search for identity remains prevalent in the 20th century literature as a timeless and universal theme shared by audiences worldwide throughout history While Wuthering Heights and Oroonoko were written 50 and 212 years prior to the 20th century by British women the novels exemplify a mood of alienation while their characters search for identity just as contemporary characters in literature carry on this theme The main characters of Wuthering Heights and Oroonoko and their tragic lives are perfect examples of the theme of alienation and its effects on mans search for identity Wuthering Heights is set in the late 1700s at two neighboring houses in Yorkshire The protagonist Heathcliff and his love Catherine fuel a tragic story in which one cannot help but get a feeling of doom In order to prove the point in question emphasis must be put on the character of Heathcliffs development throughout the novel Heathcliff is without an identity as he is an orphan before being adopted by the Earnshaws His search for his identity hits its highs and lows throughout the book and never comes into true form One must acknowledge the tragedy of his character as he is never truly happy throughout the entire novel because he never fit in His character grows and develops with a chip on his shoulder
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