Setting In Wuthering Heights (By Emily Bronte)

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The setting used throughout the novel Wuthering Heights helps to set the mood to describethe characters. We find two households separated by the cold, muddy, and barren moors, one bythe name of Wuthering Heights, and the other by the name of Thrushcross Grange. Each housestands alone, in the mist of the dreary land, and the atmosphere creates a mood of isolation. In thenovel, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are the two places where virtually all of theaction takes place.Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, differ greatly from each other in appearanceand mood. These differences reflect the universal conflict between the storm and calm, that EmilyBronte develops as the theme ...view middle of the document...

Emily Bronte describes Wuthering Heights as having "narrowwindows deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones." Thisdescription is adjacent to Heathcliff when he is illustrated having, "black eyes withdrawn sosuspiciously under their brow."Thrushcross Grange, in contrast to the bleak exposed farmhouse on the heights, is situatedin the valley with none of the grim features of Heathcliff's home. Opposite of Wuthering Heights,Thrushcross Grange is filled with light and warmth. It is the appropriate home of the children ofthe calm. While Wuthering Heights was always full of activity, sometimes to the point of chaos.Linton's existence at Thrushcross Grange was as "different from Heathcliff's 'as moonbeam fromlightning, or frost from fire'."It is Bronte's remarkable imagination, emotional power, and figures of speech, is whatmakes the characters of Wuthering Heights relate so closely with their surroundings. The contrastbetween the houses is more than physical, rather these two houses represent the people which areliving in them. Bronte made Heathcliff and Wuthering Height as one, by making both of themcold, dark, and menacing, similar to a storm. She also made Thrushcross Grange parallel with theLintons, which was more of a welcoming and peaceful setting. The personality of both of thehouses are warm and helps draw in the reader. The contrast of these two houses adds much to themeaning of this novel, and without it, the story would not be the interesting, complex novel it is.

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