Comparing The Themes Of Wuthering Heights And Of Mice And Men

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Comparing the Themes of Wuthering Heights and Of Mice and Men

 

 

Wuthering Heights and Of Mice and Men are two novels that were written approximate hundred years apart by different authors living in different time periods. Wuthering Heights, was written by Emily Bronte who lived in England. Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck who lived in California. Although they were written by different authors of different background, time, and place. One could nevertheless find similar themes between the two books.

 

In Wuthering Heights, it described vividly the goal of Heathcliff and Catherine, who wanted to be with one and another.  However, when Catherine rejected Heathcliff, he turned his potential of dream of good into evil. It also reflected the Heathcliff was prejudged by Mrs. Earnshaw, Hindley, Edgar, Mr. and Mrs. Linton. It also showed that love and hate between Heathcliff and Catherine made their relationships quite intense.

 

Like the Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck portrayed George and Lennie's one dream that one day they will own their own farm. It also described in detail the various ways of prejudice of Crooks and the white population. Finally, it manifested the love and hatred George had for Lennie.  Wuthering Heights and Of Mice and Men are two very different but in the same time identical in the general theme of potential of dreams for good and evil, and love and hate between friends and lovers, and finally that of prejudice of the minority.

 

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine shared one dream, dream of being with each other. Heathcliff suffers much emotional rejection, but at no point does he falter in his loyalty to her. "Existence after loosing her would be hell" In this statement, we can see the extent of Heathcliff's dedication and loyalty to Catherine and the sense of desolation her death would bring to him to the end of his dream.

 

From the beginning of the novel and most likely from the beginning of Heathcliff's life, he has suffered pain and rejection. When he is brought to Wuthering Heights by Mr. Earnshaw, he is viewed as an inanimate object rather than a child. Mrs. Earnshaw was ready to fling him out of doors, while Nelly put him on the landing of the stairs hoping that he would be gone the next day. Without having done anything to deserve rejection, Heathcliff is made to feel like an outsider.  Following the death of Mr. Earnshaw, he suffers cruel mistreatment at the hands of Hindley. In these formative years, he is deprived of love, sociability and education, according to Nelly, Hindley's treatment of Heathcliff was "enough to make a fiend of a saint". He is separated from the family, reduced to the status of a servant, forced to become a farm hand, undergoes regular beatings and is forcibly separated from Catherine.

 

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