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The Faces of Wuthering Heights

The purpose of this paper is to introduce and discuss "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte. Specifically, what does Bronte seem to imply are the main factors in shaping a person's personality?
Bronte's characters all exhibit strong emotions, it does not matter if they are kind or cruel, the emotions are strong and almost exaggerated. Heathcliff of course is the obvious, because early on the narrator discovers he is really just a mean, hateful, spiteful man. He does not even treat his dogs with kindness. Mr. Lockwood hears Heathcliff say, " 'Get it ready, will you?' was the answer, uttered so savagely that I started. The tone in which the words were said revealed a genuine bad nature" (Bronte Chapter 2).
It seems to be Bronte's suggestion that all the characters are creatures of their upbringing. Mr. Lockwood asks Ellen, " 'He must have had some ups and downs in life to make him such a churl. Do you know anything of his history?'" (Bronte Chapter 4). Indeed, when hefirst came to the house it seems his personality was already set. He was "hard," and the other children picked on him, but he simply shrugged it off. By this, he was already accustomed to needing no one, and he never changed.
Class was a strong issue at this time in Britain, and a person's social standing could "make or break" them in the eyes of polite society. Heathcliff was an orphan, so he was doomed from the start, he had no upbringing, and it shows in his dark, angry, spiteful personality. She says it in thefirst paragraph of the story, this house is "completely removed from the stir of society," and not just the hustle and bustle of people, there is no "society" there. The people do not get along, and there are no genteel good manners or kind spirits.
However, the entire house seems to be under the same spell, all the people are surely and unkind, …

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