"His Life Did Harm to Others": Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Gender in Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
This project looks at the portrayal of abuse and domestic violence in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847). In the 1840s the ideal of domesticity was at its height, but questions were also being raised on how safe the domestic home was for women, while at the same time having to be a place of refuge for husbands who were in a position of power and ownership over their wives. Through historical gender ideals and ideals of domesticity as well as through the analysis of literary devices and genres, this project sets out to show how Emily and Anne Brontë created novels reflecting the issues of domestic abuse and domesticity by showing critique on how the law and society allowed relationships between husbands and wives to be unequal and abusive.
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