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Perdones Cañas, Rebeca (2019) Women Empowerment through Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights". Journal of Artistic Creation and Literary Research, 7 (2). pp. 59-71. ISSN 2340-650X

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In this paper I analyse how Emily Brontë challenges in her novel "Wuthering Heights" the female stereotypes to which women of the Victorian Era were submitted. In order to accomplish this analysis, I take into account the social aspects in which women had to meet expectations. For the purpose of finding answers to this issue, I have organised this study into different parts that show the pressure to which women of the Victorian age were subjected. Firstly, I start analysing the age in which this novel takes place and how the situation of women in that time was. Secondly, I continue describing one of the most important social aspects that kept women submitted in that age: marriage. I analyse the clout that it had in Victorian society and how it was a social imposition and nobody had a different choice. Thirdly, I focus on women education and how it was something almost forbidden for them and a way to control and submit them. Fourthly, my study comes to the most important issue which is the female stereotypes challenged by the characters of "Wuthering Heights". Then, I explore superficially how the defiance of these stereotypes lead to tragic consequences in the case of the main female characters. Finally, I conclude that Emily defies the imposed gender roles and female stereotypes of the Victorian Era through her work although it was not a simple task.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Female stereotypes; Women; Gender roles; Victorian Era; Emily Brontë; "Wuthering Heights".
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Feminism
Humanities > Philology > Literature
Humanities > Philology > English philology
ID Code:61952
Deposited On:03 Sep 2020 22:59
Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 08:09

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