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Contrasting Places Reveal Flaws

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Contrasting Places Reveal Flaws An individual's environment can play a major role in that individuals coming of character. Emily Bronte develops characters for her novel Wuthering Heights based on their individual environments. Wuthering Heights is the residence of the Earnshaws', an uncultivated, strong, stormy, manor where Hindley and Catherine grew up along side the adapted orphan Heathcliff. Catherine and Heathcliff develop a passionate love for one another. The house was overwhelmed with all forms of passions. Hindley and Heathcliff throughout the novel maintain revengeful passions aimed toward one another. Four miles a way sits the cultivated, beautiful, Thrushcross Grange where the Lintons' dwell. Edgar and Isabella Linton cross paths with the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights only to provide contrast and raise conflict. Catherine choices wealth over love and marries Edgar while vengeful Heathcliff takes advantage of the infatuated Isabella by marrying her. By this Heathcliff is furthering his plans of revenge over Edgar for marry his Catherine. Emily Bronte uses two contrasting places to reveal the emotional flaws of the characters. Through the individuals of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, flaws of passion, revenge, strong willingness, naivety, infatuation, refinement as well as cultivation and un-cultivation are reveled. ...read more.

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The combination of the burden of Heathcliff's revenge and the lost of his wife would force Hindley down a grief stricken path. His gambling debts and alcoholism would turn a once strong willed man into an uncultivated pitiful character. As passionately as Catherine felt for Heathcliff she could not marry him, after all, in her own words, "It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now." Catherine was strong willed. As her house stood strong against the storms, she would stand strong and not allow her passion to override her need for wealth and social status. Catherine was wild, too wild for the Grange, but something changed in her as she spent more time in a cultivated society, suddenly she wasn't so uncultivated, she lost the wildness and the strong willity that filled her at Wuthering Heights. The Grange changed Catherine, it stiffed her wildness. However no marriage, separation, or revenge could break Catherine's passion for Heathcliff. It was the reflection of Wuthering Heights and its stormy, uncultivated thorny grounds that were scene in the eyes of its inhabitants. Thrushcross Grange and the Linton family represent cultivated, infatuation, refinement and naivety. ...read more.

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He has extinguished my love effectually, and so I'm at my ease." Isabella married Heathcliff and was exposed to the storminess of Wuthering Heights, but it was that stormy place that granted her strength. The Linton children did not know of the moors where their eventual companions founded their love for each other nor did they have the temptation to resist society and culture as those of Wuthering Heights did. The cultivated, faire skinned, blonde haired children of Thrushcross Grange led the lives of beauty and serenity that their home possessed, until they crossed Paths with the stormy Wuthering Heights characters. Emily Bronte created characters that polarized to one of two houses and provided contrast for the reader. Bronte introduced the stormy, passionate, uncultivated Earnshaws of Wuthering Heights and the na�ve, sheltered, cultivated Lintons from Thrushcross Grange, so that each character resembles their home, that is until they left home and either gained or lost a part of them with the experience. Such contrasting environments provide a platform for the characters' flaws to be reveled. For the characters of Wuthering Heights home is not just a place, it is who they are. ...read more.

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