Comparison Of Wuthering Heights And The Inheritance

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Have you ever read The Inheritance, by Louisa May Alcott and Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë? If you did, then you probably found these two novels very interesting. In this essay, I will attempt to make known the content and the intrigue of the novels mentioned above by comparing and contrasting them. The Inheritance is the story of an orphan girl named Edith Adelon. She was adopted by Mr. Hamilton to provide companionship for his beloved daughter Amy.Lord James Percy, a man of high social class, came to spend the summer at the house of the Hamiltons'. He fell in love with Edith, who cared a lot for him, but the differences in their social status prevented them from being together.A letter from an anonymous man arrived for Edith and it contained the will of Mr.Hamilton's older brother. In the will, Mr. Hamilton claimed Edith as his daughter and sole heir of the Hamilton fortune. Edith did not want the letter to be discovered for she did not care about wealth, since all she wanted was to be loved for who she was.When the Hamiltons' acquired the letter, they embraced Edith as a true member of their family and gave her the fortune that belonged to her.With Edith's new social standing, Percy mustered up the courage to confess his love for Edith, who reciprocated with pride and pleasure, Wuthering Heights is a passionate love story between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Heathcliff was adopted by Catherine's father and following Mr. Earnshaw's death, Catherine's brother, Hindley, became master of Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff's position in the house was then reduced to that of a servant. Catherine loved Heathcliff, but she would not marry him because of his low position. Instead, she married her wealthy neighbor, Edgar Linton, whom she learned to love. Heathcliff was heartbroken, so he ran away. Three years later, he returned a wealthy-looking gentleman.After Hindley's death, Heathcliff managed to gain possession of Wuthering Heights and became the father figure of Hindley's son Hareton.To spite Catherine and gain more power over Edgar, Heathcliff married Edgar's sister Isabella. Catherine has also died and left a daughter, whose name was Catherine as well.In a plan to inherit Edgar's fortune, Heathcliff forced young Catherine to marry his son Linton, who was ill. Because of his malady, Linton died shortly after his marriage and Edgar's death.Young Catherine remained at Wuthering Heights. She befriended her cousin Hareton and fell in love with each other.After Heathcliff's death, Hareton and Catherine regained their heritage. There are a lot of similar events occurring in Edith and Heathcliff's lives. Both characters were adopted by upper class families. Edith and Heathcliff were both orphans and the identity of their parents was unknown. Edith shows this by saying: "My father I have never known. My mother died long years ago in Italy." (The...

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