What conclusions do you draw about Brontë’s
attitude to social stereotyping?
Brontë’s novel seems to contain all the typical, traditional Victorian social values and divisions such as the master of the house with servants below him and so on. Social distinctions were very much more marked and rigidly respected. We first glimpse what Brontë might think of social stereotypes and divisions, right at the start of the book through Lockwood, and later through
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Earnshaws who are social outcasts are the stronger set of characters. In my view Brontë criticises socially labelling people, with people like Heathcliff who cannot possibly be placed in a social mould, he is an individual. The stark contrast between the Lintons and the Earnshaws is obvious, they are two ends of the spectrum of society, and perhaps Brontë is saying through the novel that neither “works”, and that something in-between the two is needed.