• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine the significance of place in Wuthering Heights.

Extracts from this document...


Sophie Johnstone Examine the significance of place in Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte uses the idea of place in Wuthering Heights to portray many themes; the three main places within the novel are Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange and the moors. Each one is very significant and symbolises it's own issue. Wuthering Heights is dark, inhospitable and fortress like, as if built for defence, "The narrow windows are deeply set into the wall and corners defended with large jutting stones", the residents of the house are also very defensive and the setting of the house frames the mood of the characters, " 'I don't want your help,' she snapped", the idea that the house changes the behaviour of the characters comes into motion at this point. However at the end of the novel I feel that this concept is reversed as the atmosphere of the house is completely changed and this is due to the characters who live there, "Both doors and lattices were open; and, yet, as is usually the case in a coal district, a fine, red fire illumined the chimney..." ...read more.


When he finally gets to the core, which seems to be the end, Cathy and Hareton are left and these two, who have been forced to retreat and finally they are allowed to come out into the open with life as they want, as their boundaries are removed and make Wuthering Heights into a place "That is an improvement!" The relationship with Wuthering Heights, which represents nature, "...borded with straggling goosebury bushes," is Thrushcross Grange, which represents culture, "...A splendid place carpeted with crimson..." The hostile and dark place is in total contrast to the polar opposite, Thrushcross Grange, being the park, down off the moors, enclosed by walls and parklands, unlike Wuthering Heights, which is open and subject to the harsh moor land weather. Unlike the characters at Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange resisdents seem kind and considerate, Lockwood is sat in front of a 'cheerful fire and smoking coffee'. There is warmth and hospitality at Thrushcross Grange, which is completely unheard of at Wuthering Heights until the end. ...read more.


The moors is where they belong and this is empathised when Catherine has a dream of going to heaven and being flung back onto the moors, "...into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights;", here Catherine declares her love for Heathcliff in the most extravagant terms and this also helps to highlight that her love for the moors is on the same level as her love for Heathcliff. Even after Catherine's death, Heathcliff still feels that she will be on the moors as this is where the two of them shared their best times together, "I should meet her; when I walked on the moors..." The moors is a love that they both share and it joins the two of them together, just like it joins Thrushcoss Grange and Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte uses place to empthasise feelings felt by the characters and also to form an atmosphere and style within the novel, She does with vivid, liminal imagery and polar opposites. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Emily Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Emily Bronte essays

  1. Wuthering Heights.

    He even painted a picture of the siblings only to later paint himself out. He made Emily weak after she worked hard to try and get him to quit his addiction with his funeral finally killing her. The character Hindley shows many similarities with Branwell.

  2. Refer to chapter one of Wuthering Heights and comment on how Emily Brontë introduces ...

    They are there to work and will waste no time with fancy airs and graces but rather get to the point in the quickest and simplest way. This point is also highlighted in the way the house has 'no underdrawn; its entire anatomy lay bare to the enquiring eye' the

  1. Wuthering Heights

    Hindley tells the other staff to "bolt the doors" and he made sure "nobody should let them in that night". This is something wicked that Hindley does, as the children are only young, yet he still leaves them out on the dangerous moors.

  2. What is the significance in the novel of the incident where Dora rescues a ...

    feels a figment of someone's imagination, just as the butterfly could have because no-one noticed him except Dora. As Dora spends more time at Imber she begins to relax and change the way she views things, making herself less trapped and giving herself more freedom than she was before.

  1. Compare and contrast the styles of both Willian Golding and Emily Bronte in their ...

    Images are often themed in the novel. Simon is linked to natural images and images of death are often encountered when jack is present. Simon is prophet - like in many ways including his withdrawal to the jungle to meditate.

  2. How Has Emily Bronte Captured Your Interest?

    Heathcliff tries to make himself worthy of Cathy's love when she returns from Thrushcross Grange, i.e. he goes off to make his fortune to tend to Cathy's worldly desires and make a suitable life for them both. He needs to make the money to successfully live up to Cathy's high standards.

  1. Wuthering Heights - The contrast between wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

    (Nelly Chapter 7). This protective nature is also seen in the second generation but more strongly as Edgar forbids Cathy to go and visit Wuthering Heights at all. Edgar is described by Heathcliff as a "lamb," but this soft attribute that is typical of the Grange is not always a

  2. Classic Note on Wuthering Heights.

    Similarly, Heathcliff's youthful degradation really takes place when he ceases to follow Catherine's lessons. It appears that book-learning is not enough to make a person good, but that the lack of it is enough to make someone ridiculous. It is, in short, an essential quality.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work