“Family” in Jane Eyre vs. Wuthering Heights

  • male-dominant society shows how the relationships work
    • Men are the head of the house
    • Men abuse women because women are seen inferior to them
    • Women only help raise children or host dinner parties for social status
  • Dysfunctional families  In Jane Eyre, Jane is in a constant search of being loved and she believes the love she is searching for will be given to her by her family, therefore she wants to form her own family as she has grown up without one.


So, from the very beginning, he bred bad feeling in the house; and at Mrs. Earnshaw’s death, which happened in less than two years after, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent’s affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries.

^ Wuthering Heights

  • After Heathcliff’s arrival, Hindley begins seeing his father as an enemy because he had replaced him with Heathcliff, who wasn’t even his son by blood.
  • Hindley becomes so blinded by his hatred that he becomes a drunk, unfit to raise his son. His own feelings block his logic and he dismisses his family.
  • The characters’ actions are shaped by their background and how they were raised. Heathcliff was an orphan who was not loved, not at the streets and not at Wuthering Heights. He becomes an obsessive man who can’t let go of Cathy and an abuser.


Jane Eyre

  • Jane wants to build her own family based on the concept of love because she didn’t have a family when she was a kid.
  • She struggles to choose between autonomy and dependence, which she thinks are two completely contrasting ideas. Her development is at its final when she realizes that she doesn’t have to give up her autonomy when she has a family and love of her own.


Sources: Bujor, Alina. “On The Representations of Parent-Child Relationships in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.” Cultural Intertexts 1-2 (2014): 30-38. Web.

Rich, Adrienne. On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995. Print.



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