How is religion presented in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights?Particularly in relation to Bronte's treatment of Joseph and also the view of the after life.

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Religion isn't a real large part of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, but it does make an appearance in Heathcliff's childhood, where his forced religious education turns him off to the entire concept, in the character of the religiously fanatic servant, Joseph, and in the final days of Heathcliff's life when he begins acting strangely, particularly the evening he returns from the moors announcing in an erratic and not-quite-all-there manner that he has stood on the threshold of hell, but also seen the sights of heaven, which he equates with an impending reunion with Catherine.  By this time, Heathcliff has begun to eat less and less, and seems to be coming to terms with, almost looking forward to, what he senses is his impending death.