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Abstract

The critical assessments of Christianity given by both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, particularly the commentaries on the patriarchal tradition of Christianity, further an unambiguous feminist discourse within Emily and Charlotte Bronte’s novels. This discourse is strengthened and propelled by elements of the supernatural alongside the elements of religious dissension in the texts. The two stories are parallel in the sense that the key female character struggles with the restrictions of a Christian and male-dominated society, and she attempts to take control of her own life with the resources she finds available. In both Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, the paranormal is undoubtedly among the strongest of the resources that enables the emancipation and empowerment of the leading female characters. Further, in the two novels, despite the reality of men constantly attempting to assert their power, it is the choices and actions of the female characters—sane or mad—that ultimately determine the fates of all.

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