Restored by God, Restored as God: An Exploration of the Genesis Myth in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

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Author: Clara Poteet
Date: Winter 2018
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,996 words

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This essay argues that Emily and Charlotte Bronte remapped the Genesis creation myth onto Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, casting Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester and Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff as two very different Adam and Eves, who restore themselves to the Garden. Catherine and Heathcliff reject the Christian God and replace Him with a triune god of their own making, consisting of themselves and the moors. Alternatively, Jane and Rochester's initial love, idolization, separation, and restoration under God is explored in direct relationship to Genesis. Despite their shared Anglican upbringing, Emily and Charlotte's personal differences in relating to an internal or external God intrinsically affected how their Creations were restored. KEYWORDS: Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, religion, Adam and Eve, Genesis, restoration

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A596062319