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Social outsiders are often treated in a cruel and unjust way. Explore the presentation of outsiders in the light of this statement. In your response, you should focus on Wuthering Heights to establish your argument and refer to t

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Task: "Social outsiders are often treated in a cruel and unjust way." Explore the presentation of "outsiders" in the light of this statement. In your response, you should focus on Wuthering Heights to establish your argument and refer to the second text you have read to support and develop your line of argument. Outsiders is a big theme in both novels Wuthering Heights and The Color Purple. Wuthering Heights is described as a gothic novel and outsider is a key figure in the Gothic novel. An outsider lives beyond the bounds of conventional society or on the borderlands of it, he or she is seen as a suspicious and threatening entity, someone who must be excluded for the safety of society at large. Bront?'s Wuthering height explores outsiders in three different ways. The first and obvious example is of Heathcliff, the character that was an outsider until his death. The second is of Isabella Linton, whom has been taken from Thrushcross Grange to be become an outsider in Wuthering Heights. Finally but not least the third main outsider is Hareton, where Bront? here explores how a character being an outsider could transform into an insider. From the moment Heathcliff was introduced to the Earnshaw family, as an orphan that was found in the streets of Liverpool, Heathcliff was claimed to be an outsider and treated as one. In her description of Heathcliff, Nelly Dean, narrating Heathcliff's story to Mr. Lockwood the new tenant of Thrushcross grange, she refers to him with the personal pronoun "it". ...read more.


and she hints to him that she does not want his company anymore, ""And should I always be sitting with you," she demanded growing more irritated." A reverse social outsider situation occurs in the case of Isabella Linton who has been delicately brought up. After eloping with Heathcliff and marrying him, Isabella became an outsider to her own home. Because she conceived Edgar and left him, Edgar became resolved not to help her return or even invite her to the Grange. Edgar does want any relationship with her from his statement "Hereafter she is only my sister in name; not because I disown her, but because she has disowned me." So basically Isabella once was one of the residents of Thrushcross Grange has been transformed to an outsider by eloping marrying an outsider, Heathcliff. She is also an outsider in her new home and suffers harsh and brutal life in her marriage. She was not welcomed to her new home as a just married wife, but rather like a stranger or an outsider. Young Hareton refuses to shake hands with her or even become acquainted to her. Hindley was not any more welcoming and his first speech was "What's your business here?" rather than a welcoming introduction. Heathcliff does not share with her their bedroom and she is left isolated in her new home. Bront? uses Hareton as an example to show how an outsider could be healed through care, education, and most significantly love, something which never happened to Heathcliff. ...read more.


No one cared about the insult she received from the mayor's wife, ordering her to be her maid. Blacks were treated infernally even with Mr.-. Mr.- is in good terms with the Sheriff because his son Bub if often on prison. Still because Mr.- is back he is has a lower status "just long as Mr.- know he colored.". Another example of black infernality is Mary Agnes. She is raped by the warden because she was black, and no one could do anything about it. Another example of outsider is the Olinka tribe in Africa. The white people living there treats the Olinka as if they where outsider from a different world. They stole their lands and killed many of the people there. Tashi did not want to marry Adam because she feared when she goes to America she will be treated infernally because she thinks she is an outsider to them, and that the scares on her face will be her source of embracement. Both novels put emphasis on economic independence. Both novels find love as a powerful force and end with conquering and banishing the idea of outsiders, and the remaining character live in harmony learning from the mistakes of the older generation about treating outsiders cruelly. However, a lasting impression of both novels is a vivid sense of the cruelty and injustice suffered by social outsiders. ?? ?? ?? ?? Topic: "Social outsiders are often treated in a cruel and unjust way." 2 Name: Elsedeeck Subject: English Date due on: 09/11/2008 1 ...read more.

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