What are the connections between Emily Bronte's Gothic Romance Wuthering Heights and Virginia Woolf's modernist novel Mrs. Dalloway? One is passionate and wild the other is restrained and...

What are the connections between Emily Bronte's Gothic Romance Wuthering Heights and Virginia Woolf's modernist novel Mrs. Dalloway? One is passionate and wild the other is restrained and civilized. I fail to see the connection or how these two novels are connected. 

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Although the novels differ in many ways, they also have several things in common. One is obvious, but it is sometimes easy to overlook the obvious. That is, they are both novels, imaginary stories told via a combination of dialogue and exposition. 

Next, their protagonists are both women, and much of the action of the novel concerns the internal thoughts, feelings, and choices of the female protagonists. In both cases, the choices the women have made, and especially the romantic choices, determine the course of their lives. 

Mrs. Dalloway's world is like that of the Linton family, and in her marriage she has made the choice to live a conventional life of a wealthy but ultimately trivial woman. This can be seen as parallel to Catherine's marriage to Linton. Although Peter is not a dark as character as Heathcliff, he represents a different and perhaps more emotionally fulfilling life Mrs. Dalloway could have had, had she made different choices.

Thus in both cases we see women who choose conventional marriages and the negative impacts these choices have both on themselves, as they find their married lives hollow and emotionally unsatisfying, and on the men they did not marry, Peter and Heathcliff, who are also left bitter and unsatisfied with their lives. 

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Thank you very much Miss Natasha! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. Your response was very helpful and will hopefully steer me on the right path. These are very valid, clear points and helped me prepare for my essay for my exam. The question fit perfectly to your response it was: Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts portray men’s relationships with women, so a perfect match! Best wishes, I am very grateful :)


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