Sympathy as Love in "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre" Comparison Essay by H

Sympathy as Love in "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre"
A look at the definition of sympathy as love in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" and Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".
# 114235 | 1,072 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2009 in Literature (English) , English (Comparison)

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This paper compares the idea of sympathy as portrayed in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" to how it is portrayed in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". The paper relates that, in Emily Bronte's work, the idea of sympathy is shown at its extreme with the protagonists Catherine and Heathcliff and then later paralleled with Catherine and Hareton. The paper then notes that in Charlotte Bronte's work, the main character strives for sympathetic relationships throughout her life. The paper attempts to show that in both novels the idea of sympathy that is presented can be seen as love in terms of identification or love in terms of harmony among individuals.

From the Paper:

"Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights presents the reader with a choice of models of love from total identification with a person to harmony between individuals. Catherine and Heathcliff are united at a young age, their personalities and identities have been shaped together. Catherine and Heathcliff believe they are the one and the same, "...he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same" (Bronte, E. 81). They share the most extreme form of sympathy, a complete identification with one another, "...I am Heathcliff" (82). To Catherine and Heathcliff there is no difference between the two of them. The novel ultimately shows that such extremes cannot be lived out in this world. Catherine's death can be figuratively attributed to her and Heathcliff's love. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: E. M. Hale & Company, 2nd edition.
  • Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York, NY: Modern Library, 1950.

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