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What is role of marriage in wuthering heights
Most of the characters in Wuthering Heights are members of the gentry (upper middle class), one step lower than the aristocratic class. On the heath, the Lintons are more well off than the Earnshaws. And the Earnshaws are more well off than the orphaned Heathcliff. So, Catherine Earnshaw marries Edgar Linton to become "the greatest woman in the neighborhood." She moves over from Wuthering Heights to Thrushcross Grange for socio-economic advancement. Even though she loves Heathcliff (the romantic concept of marriage), she marries for a better house and more land.
Heathcliff resents the concept of marriage to no end. Even though he turns himself into a member of the landed gentry, he is still forsaken by Catherine and the society. So, he plans revenge on the entire system: he abuses the concept of marriage to acquire both houses (Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange). He arranges marriage between the younger Catherine and Linton as a cruel punishment to this second generation on the heath. His goal, I think, is to destroy the (romantic or economic) institution of marriage by abusing it to its extreme end.
Source(s): text of wuthering heights
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