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Theme of outsiders in both "The Color Purple" and "Wuthering Heights"

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English Probably the first indication of the theme of outsiders is the arrival of heathcliff to Wuthering heights as a child. Old Mr. Earnshaw returns to his family from a trip to Liverpool with the child as a "gift from god" but the more liked observation is the children's remark of him as a "gipsy brat" and a "dirty ragged black-haired child". Catherine and Hindley immediately dislike the outsider mainly because the presents which their father had promised had been either crushed or lost on the way home .Mrs. earshaw too is appalled at the idea of having to feed him and clothe him as well. He is considered an outsider more than any other character in the novel because, well because he is! , metaphorically and literally. He is then reduced to the status of a servant or in other words he has been turned into a pariah-an outcast, when Earnshaw died and passed Wuthering heights to Hindley. He "drove him from their company to the servants, depriving him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead". When heathcliff and Cathy were caught at Thrushcross Grange , laughing at the lintons they were both considered social outsiders to Thrushcross Grange, even though Cathy isn't, they two together were because they were "foreigners". ...read more.


Lockwood's first impression of the place is "in all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society" this indicates the extent to which Wuthering heights stands alone and isolated this is somewhat symbolic for it distances the cruel, barbarous and bizarrely excessive events from everyday life. It also shows the helplessness of the victims of these events and their defenselessness since it is very difficult to get help. One of the most outspoken and clearly proving-its-existence quotes is "we don't in general take to foreigners here, Mr. Lockwood, unless they take to us first" this shows that outsiders are definitely unwelcomed guests and are only to be approved of after they can be trusted and even after they have been taken into guardianship (for example young Heathcliff, Hareton and Linton) they can still be prejudiced and treated "infernally". The second example of an outsider in Wuthering heights (after Heathcliff) is of course Isabella linton she has been taken out of her home at thrushcross grange and moved to the outsider status in Wuthering heights she writes (to nelly dean) ...read more.


and does not understand her body, she becomes an outsider to her 2 children and does not get to know them and hence they become outsiders. Mr____ tries to define her being "you black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman. Goddam, you nothing at all" but fails since his description is merely superficial but still has a big affect on celie's development. Another social outsider in the color purple is of course Shug Avery, in the beginning of the novel she was discriminated against for being well, a "slut, hussy, heifer and street cleaner" of course people did not consider that as a life choice because of the platitude people at that time had for the role of women...especially black women. When Shug Avery became sick "nobody in this town wants to take the Queen Honeybee in." Everyone is afraid of her because they believe that Shug has the "nasty woman disease". The olinka people are made to be outsiders to the whites that own the land, but have very different lifestyle which cause them to be unwanted. Tashi did not want to marry Adam because she feared she would be discriminated against in America because of the different way she looks and because she is an outsider again both metaphorically and literally. ...read more.

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