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How do the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, relate to the major characters and themes in Wuthering Heights?

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Introduction

How do the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, relate to the major characters and themes in Wuthering Heights? Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are two exact opposites separated by the neutral territory of the moors, a dreamlike place thought of as heaven by Heathcliff and Catherine. Although both estates are wealthy, there is a definite difference in class between them and this bears greatly on the characters from both estates ability to socialise with each other. The two different buildings have their own strengths and weaknesses and the characters reflect their features. On the one hand there is Wuthering Heights with its stark and intimidating appearance but strong magnetism representing savagery and Thrushcross grange with its refinement and pleasant appearance representing civility. Wuthering heights has the characteristics of being a very strong, prominent structure and is described by Mr Lockwood as being a misanthropists heaven. It is a very desolate and lonely place up on a hill exposed to stormy weather with no real beauty and can be seen as an uncivilised place to live. ...read more.

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Heathcliff marries her as a way of revenge against Cathy and Edgar and as part of his overall plan to own both estates. Not realising Heathcliffs intentions she is taken in by his magnetism and strength but is too soft a character to stand up to his might and soulless oppression. Linton is Isabella and Heathcliffs son and he seems to represent the worst qualities of both places and people. He has the unpleasant and devious side of the Heights and Heathcliff and the weak, feeble and spoilt side of the Grange and Isabella, all of which make him a thoroughly wretched character. Although being brought up in Wuthering Heights, Catherine was tempted away by the luxury and status of living at Thrushcross Grange. She has a good and a bad side to her, which can be associated with Wuthering Heights. In her childhood she displayed the strength of the place in her strong will but exhibited its failings when she put feeling aside and married Edgar. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both of the grange children were exposed to the dark side of the heights children. Edgar married Catherine not realising she was only doing it for her own shallow reasons. Isabella married Heathcliff thinking he had become a gentleman in the time he was away but instead he had planned his revenge and was focused on how to destroy both families. Looking at the good and bad qualities of both the places and the characters Cathy seems to have the best qualities of both places whilst Linton has the worst of both. Cathy has the best qualities of both places and is associated with thrushcross Grange. Hareton has the strength of and is associated with Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff and Catherine find the middle ground between the two places in the afterlife on the moors, the heavenly place that they are both happiest. With the union of Cathy and Hareton, the barriers of class are finally broken and the two incompatible worlds of Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights blend together in harmony. They achieve in life what Heathcliff and Catherine can only achieve in death. ...read more.

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