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Arab World English Journal www.awej.orgISSN: 2229-9327167Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Literature No.3 October, 2015Pp. 167- 173Materialism versus Human Values in the Victorian Novels: The Case of Great Expectationsand Wuthering HeightsKarima BOUZIANEFaculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Chouaib Doukkali UniversityMoroccoAbstract: Dickens’ Great Expectations and Brontë's Wuthering Heights share similar concernsat the thematic level. Both novels are critiques of the Victorian society since they show thedifferences between the upper and lower classes of the 19th century in England. Poor people aredepicted as good characters while the rich are demonstrated as evil characters who find pleasurein manipulating and tormenting others. Poor Characters strive to be rich to achieve high socialstatus, happiness and love. Once they become rich, they got plagued by the evil of materialismand thus become a replica of the upper- class characters who happened to inflict pain on th...