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Contrasts in Wuthering Heights.

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Contrasts in Wuthering Heights by David Westmoreland There are many ranging contrasts in Wuthering Heights of status, situ, and relationships. These are used deliberately for a variety of effects throughout the novel; I will try to inform you of the differing styles and contrasting actions and emotions Emily Bront� uses and possible suggestions why she has chosen to use them. Lockwood, the first narrator of the novel, expresses his unfamiliarity with the Yorkshire moors. Here we experience the contrast of a polite and business like tenant who is a stranger to both the area and the family, with the rough hard edged approach to people, that Wuthering Heights portrays in the Yorkshire moors. Love and hate, two contrasting but interlinked emotions, are a necessity to both the story and interactions between characters in Wuthering Heights. ...read more.

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Heathcliff's later hatred of Isabella is also contrasted with his love for Catherine. As in one instance Heathcliff hangs Isabella's dog on the tree outside to show her he doesn't love her showing an evil, gothic quality to the novel and in other instances Heathcliff tells Cathy of his profound love for her and that when she dies he has nothing to live for in chapter fifteen. These contrasts of melodramatic emotions give the reader an impression of a violent yet passionate man, a man who would happily 'paint the walls with Hindley's blood' yet at the same time yearn for Cathy's presence so much that he would wait outside the house for six hours each day. Hatred and love also play key roles in the mind of Nelly Dean. ...read more.

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This choice that Catherine makes is not only contradictory to her true feelings but pivotal to the plot of the novel, setting up the rest of the story. An obvious contrast in Bront�'s novel is that of class. The Linton family, who live in the mansion, Thrushcross Grange, are a well to do family living in an upper class environment. Wuthering Heights is seen as a lower to middle class farm house. This contrast is used frequently in the plot, in such occasions as Catherine's visit to Thrushcross Grange due to being injured by the dog and therefore taken in for a few weeks, this allows her to acquire many upper class qualities, her mannerisms are that of a lady. Also the Linton's are colder more calculated people of less emotion, the love and hatred which are central to Heathcliff's life are not seen in Edgar. ...read more.

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