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An Analysis of the Importance of Violence in Overcoming the Victorian Family Ideals in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
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In the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte violence is clearly a negative counter to Victorian Family ideal The people who were proper in Wuthering Heights such as the Lintons shun violence while the relatively coarse Earnshaws embrace it In Wuthering Heights the Lintons represent the Victorian family ideal through their genteel mannerisms and lack of concern for the poor This is evident when the Lintons shun Heathcliff yet immediately look after Catherine because she appears injured This is also ironic because the Lintons are nonviolent and Catherine hurt herself at Thrushcross Grange Also when Linton makes a comment about Heathcliffs hair Heathcliff throws hot applesauce in his face Too gentle to strike Heathcliff Linton lets Hindley punish the brute In the novel the Lintons portray the ideal Victorian family because they are well mannered and well spoken This can be seen when Catherine looks in on the Lintons and is jealous because she has no upscale parties or friends other than Heathcliff Mr Lockwood is another person who represents the Victorian ideal Mr Lockwood is kind to other rich people yet rude to those whom he believes inferior Mr Lockwood is very kind to Heathcliff and Cathy yet he treats Hareton curtly because he thinks of him as simple Mr Lockwood is also very polite and solves his problems nonviolently which can be seen by the way he talks to Heathcliff after he was insulted Mr Lockwoods nonviolent nature is clearly demonstrated when the dogs attack him and he threatens to hit them but does nothing All the stress and violence around Mr Lockwood gives him a bloody nose which exemplifies how strange violence is to him Violence in the Victorian era was thought of as low-class Heathcliff was violent therefore was thought of as lowly Heathcliff was looked down upon because of his violent and coarse nature which is demonstrated by the numerous times that he beat his wife Isabella and
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