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In the works, Emily Brontë how are women represented?

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lolaleon | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM via web

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In the works, Emily Brontë how are women represented?

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Posted July 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM (Answer #1)

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Emily Bronte's only novel, Wurthering Heights, depicts strong and passionate women. For example, Catherine, although she loves Heathcliff, refuses to marry him. Catherine believes a union with Heathcliff is beneath her. While her passion is evident, Catherine's strength is as well. Catherine's own desires rule her and her life.

As for Emily Bronte's poetry, many of her poems with female characters are defined as orphaned, motherless, and abandoned. For example, in "A Day Dream," Bronte's speaker illustrates a mother who simply does not have time for her own child, while the father dotes upon the child.

From her Mother's heart seemed loath to part
That queen of bridal charms,
But her Father smiled on the fairest child
He ever held in his arms.

Many of Bronte's poems were about death. Therefore, when defining the female character within Bronte's writing, the preeminent text is Wuthering Heights. Looking to her poems to define female characters is rather difficult.

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