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Comparing Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange; considering the symbols of the two houses, and what themes they employ and create.

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Comparing Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange; considering the symbols of the two houses, and what themes they employ and create Emily Bronte defines the remote nature of Wuthering Heights as is as 'perfect misanthropist's Heaven' and is described to be in 'desolation' this very remote landscape Bronte paints is key to the atmosphere of the novel. The setting is remote because it is removed from typical civilisation and further emphasises the sense of aloneness and abandonment. Wuthering Heights is not one for the faint hearted it is in desolation and remote from the qualms and culture of civilisation and city life that Lockwood is accustomed to. Bronte throughout the first chapter uses a lot of imagery about Wuthering Heights to give use a clear presentation of its darkness, malice and also an engaging quality. Wuthering Heights is set against a backdrop of storms when we first have to described, this is Bronte using pathetic fallacy (weather reflects mood/feeling/tone) and 'Wuthering' is 'descriptive of the atmosphere tumult it which its station is exposed in the stormy weather' the use of stormy and tumult particularly emphasises the atmosphere. ...read more.

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This defensive atmosphere is shown in the house with its 'narrow windows... deeply set' and it's 'corners defended with large jutting stones'. It has a very castle like quality, it is designed to not be desirable (said to be 'exposed') and the natural elements around it are 'gaunt...[and] stunted', but alongside this we have the building being very set in itself keeping people out. This creates a sinister atmosphere, there is no welcoming or friendly chat, this seems to be something that appears worn down, yet still keeps the world out from it gives is a preparation that the house has been worn down by the events that happen. Within chapter 1, we are set in what appears to be a atmosphere of violence, there are 'old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols' in Wuthering Heights, setting a tone of malice and violence. It is not only the objects that have a sense of violence the dogs are described as a 'herd of possessed swine' and they suddenly 'broke into a fury' they have this undertone of violence within them. It introduces the reader to a novel that is full of violence and is sinister, and leaves us questioning exactly what this violent undertone means. ...read more.

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In our first encounter with Thrushcross Grange, we are told that, "the light came from thence." The Grange is filled with music, books, and other lovely objects. It is described as "beautiful- a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs and tables and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass-drops hanging in silver tapers." Important to theme of the book are the symbols that the two places represent. One can gather from the descriptions of Wuthering Heights, the people that dwell within its walls and the storms that rattle its windows that the place is symbolic of evil and passion. However, the reader is also able to deduct that Thrushcross Grange represents good and peace due to the light imagery used to portray it, its setting, and to the pleasant people that live there. These contrasts offer much to the meaning of the novel. Throughout the work, the two houses are set against each other. This symbolises the overall theme of good vs. evil. In the end, after a period when the evil of the Heights seems to have taken over, reconstruction occurs, and the Grange becomes the dominant house, proving the age-old adage, that good always conquers evil. Ewan Stevenson L6 Creighton, English Lit ...read more.

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