Marriage And Social Acceptance. Essay About Wuthering Heights And Lady Audley's Secret.

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Universidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroInstituto de Letras - English and LiteratureResearch Program - Professor Maria Conceição MonteiroAnna Katharine LamellasMarriage and Social AcceptanceAccording to Simone de Beauvoir, on her book The Second Sex, the traditional destiny offered by society to women is marriage. This idea already existed before the Victorian period, when the only justification to the women existence was to marry and provide children to society.While men were socially independent and completely individual, women were not allowed to have an identity of their own, having their lives always controlled: first by their father and then by their husband. They couldn't rise socially without marriage, however if they married outside their social sphere, they weren't accepted by society. Nevertheless, this rule did not apply when a man married outside his social sphere. As long as he had money (even if it was acquired through marriage), a man, as much as the union, were accepted by society.In this text, it will be discussed the difference between men's and women's social acceptance after marriage inside two novels: Wuthering Heights and Lady Audley's Secret.Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Brontë, can be said to be another book about a love story, but it is more than that. Wuthering Heights can be described as a book about society's view of whom they consider an outsider and their consideration about love, wilderness and marriage. The story is told by Mr. Lockwood and at the same time it is Nelly's voice who tells the story to Mr. Lockwood, consequently everything that is said is based on their views.The novel starts with Mr. Lockwood arriving at Wuthering Heights to meet his landlord, Heathcliff, who seems to be a bitter man. After spending one night at his landlord's house and having a nightmare, Mr. Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights.Nelly tells that she worked as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the owner of the manor, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. One day, Mr. Earnshaw went to Liverpool and returned home with an orphan boy who he decided to raise with his own children. At first, the Earnshaw children-a boy named Hindley and his younger sister Catherine-detested the dark-skinned Heathcliff. But Catherine quickly comes to love him, and the two soon grow inseparable, spending their days playing on the moors.After Mr. Earnshaw's death, Hindley treats Heathcliff as a common labourer and makes him work in the fields. Heathcliff continues his close relationship with Catherine, however. One night they wander to Thrushcross Grange, hoping to tease Edgar and Isabella Linton, the coward, snobbish children who lived there. Catherine is bitten by a dog and forced to stay at the Grange for five weeks to recover, during which time Mrs. Linton worked to make her a proper young lady. By the time Catherine returns, she has changed into a young Lady and became...

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