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The Victorian Period is often thought of as a time where many new ideas emerged not only in the lives of the people but also in literature One such work Wuthering Heights created many controversies as well as questions regarding the lifestyles and ideals of the people during this time Few books have been scrutinized as closely as Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights When the novel was first analyzed critical opinion deemed the book immoral because of the many controversial issues indirectly addressed in the novel Wuthering Heights 6 Emily Bronte the author was described as the free spirit within the Bronte family who were all too familiar with literature Her sister Charlotte once described Emily to be Stronger than a man simpler than a child Carey 5 There were many conflicting influences that shaped the character and genius of Bronte Patrick her father was of Irish decent and was known for his picturesque free-flowing speech poetry and imagination Maria her mother was a strong Methodist woman who was also an author During her life Maria published several essays one entitled the Advantages of Poverty in Religious Concerns Brontes mother died of cancer at a very early age leaving her six children motherless Another aspect of Brontes personality can be seen in the uniqueness of the environment in which she was reared She grew up in the small village of Haworth which was isolated much like the setting of Wuthering Heights and this contributed to her freeness of spirit Another interesting fact about Bronte was her opposition to uniform religion this is seen to be quite ironic considering the extremely religious attitude of both of her parents All of these facts and influences are what contributed to caused Bronte to write the novel Wuthering Heights Carey 6-7 Wuthering Heights is a story about two families the Earnshaws and the Lintons Heathcliff is the adopted son of Mr Earnshaw while Catherine is his legitimate daughter and
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