In Wuthering Heights, women seem to be the second-class citizens. As a result of having no legal possession of money and land, they do not own much as well as have the same power as men. For example, when Edgar is dying, he tells Nelly – the narrator to call for an attorney, Mr. Green so that “he can change his will instead of leaving Catherine’s fortune at her own disposal, he [determines] to put it in the hands of trustees for her use during life, and for her children, if she [has] any, after her. By hat means, it could not fall to Mr.
Heathcliff should Linton die” (Bronte, 237). The social setting of the novel also affects Catherine’s thought of marriage when telling Nelly about Edgar’s proposal that Catherine cannot marry Heathcliff because they would be “beggars. ” (Bronte, 69) or she will be “the greatest woman of the neighbourhood” (Bronte, 66) if she chooses Edgar Linton. In addition, when the first narrator – Mr. Lockwood asks for guiding back to his rented house – Thrushcross Grange when he cannot come back, Catherine – Heathcliffs daughter-in-law says mHow so? She] cannot escort [him].
They wouldn’t let [her] go to the end of the garden wall” (Bronte, 14). Women can lose their parent’s property for their nearest male relative unless their father specializes in his will and they are also at lower class in comparison to male – unconditionedly listening to men. But for the current inheriting law, things would change – Heathcliff could not use this plan for revenge and Linton would not state “[he’s] glad, for [he] [will] be master of the Grange after [Edgar]. ” (Bronte, 236). In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the base of marriage elationship differs from that nowadays.
As in Henrys statement: “[Dorian] seem to forget that [Henry] [is] married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. [Henry] never know where [his] wife is, and [his] wife never knows what [he] [is] doing. When [they] meet – [they] do meet occasionally, when [they] dine out together, or go down to the Duke’s – [they] tell each other the most absurd stories with the most serious faces. [His] wife is very good at it much better, in fact, than [Henry] [is]. She never gets confused over her dates, and [he] always does.
But when she does find [him] out, she makes no row at all. [He] sometimes [wishes] [his wife] would; but she merely laughs at [Henry]” (Wilde, 7), the relationship is often not mutual attraction. Or in other statement, Henry says “Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. ” (Wilde, 42). Though being overstated, men’s condescending view ot women seems to be a theme due to the social setting, expressed as in Henrys statement “no woman is a genius.
Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, Just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. ” (Wilde, 42) or the unfair explanation toward the relationship between Sybil Vane – the actress and Dorian Gray – the name-part “It is only the sacred things that are worth touching, Dorian,” said Lord Henry, with a strange touch of pathos in his voice. “But why should [Dorian] be annoyed? [Henry] suppose [Sibyl Vane] will belong to [Dorian] some day.
When one is in love, one always begins by eceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. ” (Wilde, 46) the relationship between a man and a woman is transformed to Just physical passion. In the other hand, to be in the artistic movement, women working in the field of art are more appreciated in comparison to ordinary women as in The Picture of Dorian Gray “Ordinary women never appeal to one’s imagination. They are limited to their century. No glamour ever transfgures them. One knows their minds as easily as one knows their bonnets.