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Compare the way Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange

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Introduction

Compare the way Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are presented in the opening of Emily Bront�'s novel 'Wuthering Heights'. The novel 'Wuthering Heights' is set in Yorkshire in 1801, which is the start of a new century. Emily Bront� was influenced by the genre of the Gothic novel. It is set on the bleak, wild, austere Yorkshire Moors. Bront� uses pathetic fallacy to enhance the setting. The Gothic Genre in the novel includes nocturnal scenes in graveyards, ghosts, visions, violence, obsession, horror, the supernatural, peasants and the Gentry, love and revenge, all set against the dramatic backdrop of Penistone Craggs, an isolated region of the Yorkshire Moors. We, also, have a dark mysterious stranger and a powerful demon-like character. All of these are features of the Gothic Genre and can be found in Bront�'s Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights is isolated on the summit of a bleak moor four miles from Thrushcross Grange. It is exposed to the elements as the quote "The power of the north wind" states. It is, also, said that "The architect has foresight to build it strong" suggesting that there are high winds and severe weather. The Heights has grotesque carvings of gargoyles to ward off evil spirits, this does not make it very welcoming and also quite gloomy. ...read more.

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Unfortunately, Lockwood left it too late to leave for the four mile journey back to Thrushcross Grange and must stay at The Heights for the night, much to the dissatisfaction to the tenants of the house. Zillah, the housekeeper, takes him to a room but she clearly states that he "should hide the candle, and not make a noise, for her master had an odd notion about the chamber" she was putting him in. This made Lockwood curious, like it would anyone. When he had finally found the bed, he discovered a diary and began to read it. The diary turned out to be of a woman by the names of 'Catherine Earnshaw', 'Catherine Heathcliff' and 'Catherine Linton'. This confused Lockwood, as there was one person with three different surnames. We find out that this is Catherine Earnshaw, the mother of the Catherine referred to as 'Mrs Heathcliff' in the house, and that Heathcliff had fallen in love with her when they were both young; on the other hand she had married Edgar Linton. The diary narrated childhood with Heathcliff and how they used to get tormented by Joseph and they would rebel because they felt like prisoners of Wuthering Heights. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is also anti-social which can relate to The Heights, as it is in such an isolated place; plus he does not indulge people and this is echoed by the house and its surroundings. Catherine and Hareton are kept in the house by Heathcliff and he will not let them leave. Joseph has been at the house since Heathcliff was a boy and it is as if Heathcliff has turned the tables on him, seeing that Joseph used to order Heathcliff about and now Heathcliff does this to Joseph. With Joseph still being at the house, could also signify that the house has not changed in many years. The dogs, at The Heights, are not kept as pets, but more as guard dogs and they are not used to human contact. Contrarily, the Lintons at The Grange are welcoming and noble, which reflects in the house and its layout. There are majestic furnishings and elegant colours, and the house is described as "a splendid place". Whereas the people in The Heights are like prisoners, the occupants of The Grange are free to do what they want and when they want to do it. In conclusion the houses are very different, in fact, the complete opposite, they are like two entirely separate worlds. One is ramshackled in a derelict location and the other stands proud in a gorgeous setting. ?? ?? ?? ?? 9 ...read more.

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