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Heaven and Hell: A Human Creation. Emily Brontë's vision of an earthly heaven and hell in Wuthering Heights with a Miltonic comparison.
This essay examines the relevance of the concept of heaven and hell in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights. It explores Brontë’s vision of two opposing worlds, a human creation of heaven and hell, represented with the two houses of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The essay shows how Brontë challenged the orthodox beliefs of nineteenth century Christian religion, by creating a concept of a personal heaven and hell, reducing the notion of God as an exterior force and relocating it as residing within the individual. Brontë materializes human versions of angels and demons, represented in exaggerated versions of social snobbishness and human animals, to make the concept more accessible to readers. The essay furthermore aims to show a connection between Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and John Milton’s Paradise Lost, by exploring the connection between the characters of Heathcliff and Satan, and the female fall of both works to strengthen and support the theme of an earthly heaven and hell in Wuthering Heights.