9 Fierce Feminist Quotes From Emily Brontë for Her 200th Birthday
She created one of the most passionate, destructive love stories ever written.
Whether you love or hate Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, you can’t deny its raw power and scarcely hidden feral rage.
When it was first published, the fury and the violence evident in its pages sparked controversy. It was branded brutal, and immoral, and, throughout the years, a common theme has been the denial that it could ever have been written by a woman.
Emily was one of the Brontë sisters, along with Charlotte and Anne. Three successful, inspired female novelists, and each remarkable in her own way.
Between them, from their home in Yorkshire, they penned some of the greatest works of the 19th century: Charlotte’s Jane Eyre; Emily’s Wuthering Heights; and Anne’s Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
And, perhaps the most remarkable thing, is that they did it all at a time when women didn’t have much freedom, and certainly weren’t expected to be writing novels.
As a result, they published their works under male pseudonyms: Charlotte was Currer Bell, Emily was Ellis Bell, and Anne was Acton Bell.
The sisters had a brother, too, Branwell, and while he was expected to provide for his sisters, Branwell instead failed in most of his endeavours and began to drink heavily.
Charlotte, Anne, and Emily, meanwhile worked as governesses and teachers, supporting themselves and looking after their elderly father — all while working on their literary masterpieces.
And even now, for women and girls around the world, they continue to be an inspiration; their works proof that women can be just as strong, passionate, wild, and successful as men.
So, on what would have been Emily’s 200th birthday, July 30, 2018, here are a collection of some of the most awe-inspiring, powerful quotes from Wuthering Heights.