The Brontë Sisters
• Women writers • G. Elliot considered them “silly novels by Lady novelists”
• Reversal of roles of socially aware women
• New social, psychological and emotional possibilities in women-> The women they
represent in their books are totally different to the social Conventions of the time
- Extreme passion and violence - Rags of riches story >> people who are poor and become rich - Love, mystery and passion are the main themes and explore the feelings Of the characters - Exploration of inner nature - Responsibility of one’s life - They are usually generous characters
Emily and Anne Brontë
• Wuthering Heights (1874)• Emotional force • Complex structure
• Harmony >> crisis/violence/intensity/pain/death >> Harmony
• The Moorelands, Cathy, Heathcliff • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
• “The slamming of Helen’s door”…
Thomas Hardy • Jude the Obscure • Wrote “The Thrush”.
• Determinism. Last Period of English Realism. Naturalism: we can see the determinism. • Characters living a Vicious circle from which they can’t get out.
• Very negative approach To reality.
• The type of characters That are reflected are very obscure and marginal. Marginal
society. Outsiders. • Direct attack on Victorian chains of class consciousness and social convention. More direct criticism than George Elliot for example.
• Transition certainties To modern guileless times.