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Social Classes in Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights, a gothic novel written by Emily Bronte from the early nineteenth century, describes the conflict and the passionate bond between Catherine Earnshaw and her rough but amorous lover, Heathcliff. At the beginning of the book, Heathcliff, an orphan is made a part of the Earnshaw family. This adoption is not readily accepted by the older brother, Hindley, that sees the new kid as a rival to his promise of dominance in the family. But, Catherine, the sister is rapidly drawn to young Heathcliff, therefore different from anyone she had ever known. Since the two grow older, Heathcliff finds himself falling in love with Catherine. Mr. Earnshaw soon dies, leaving Hindley in control of the Wuthering Heights manor. Hindley treats Heathcliff abusively as revenge for taking his spot in the family. Heathcliff inadvertently overhears a conversation between Catherine and Nelly (the maid) where Catherine states that it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff. After hearing this, Heathcliff tries to make himself more appropriate to Catherine by moving up in the societal network. Emily Bronte herself grew up in rural English society in which the classes were rigidly segregated. By creating the plot of her book the hopeless (for those times) love between an orphan and also the daughter of a well to do landowner, she is obviously indicating that social classes weren't meant to be put in stone - that people could move about them and in doing so they could create a stronger, more real and fair society. She seems to want to demonstrate that love is possible between the social classes, a love that is enduring and real. Bronte takes her debate so much as to seem to show Heathcliff's challenge...