Parallels Lives: "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" Comparison Essay by Nicky

Parallels Lives: "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights"
A comparison of the heroines of the novels "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights".
# 147853 | 2,698 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2011 in Literature (English) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper discusses the similarities between the strong female protagonists in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" and Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights". The paper elaborates on this with examples of Jane's and Catherine's intense passions, stubbornness, and need to escape. In addition, the paper remarks on the use of doubles as a literary technique in both novels. The paper concludes that "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" maintain their popularity because they have created strong, single female heroines that dare to find their own place in the world.

From the Paper:

"Memorable characters make great literature. Two novels that bring us memorable characters are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. These novels, representing Gothic Romanticism, contain protagonists that are parallel in many ways. The protagonists in each novel share the characteristic of being guided by intense passions. Jane and Catherine are very stubborn when it comes to what they want for their lives and will simply not settle for anything less than what they want. The protagonists in each novel are also compelled by a need to escape. This pattern emerges in Jane Eyre as she moves from setting to setting in an attempt to discover her place in the world. Catherine feels a need to escape her gloomy future and does so by marrying someone else even though she does not love him as much. These women are escaping something that allows us to learn from their experiences. Another parallel between the novels is the fact that they both contain doubles. Jane's double is Bertha, who seems to have the ability to act out her emotions regardless of how insane they may be. Jane, on the other hand, must remain as dignified as possible. Catherine's double is Heathcliff, who seems to share her stubborn attitude. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are novels that remain popular today because they are filled with memorable characters. Within the frame of Romanticism, we find that these novels have several parallels that build complexity and texture to their protagonists."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amigoni, David.The English Novel and Prose Narrative. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2000.
  • Frederick L. Ashe. Studies in the Novel. 1988. GALE Resource Database. Site Accessed April 03, 2009. <>
  • Auerbach, Nina. "Thornfield and Rochester." Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Harold Bloom, ed. Bromall: Chelsea House Publishers. 1996.
  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: Scholastic Books. 1962.
  • Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1972.

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