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How does Emily Bront use different setting to illustrate important ideas in "Wuthering Heights"?

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How does Emily Bront� use different setting to illustrate important ideas in "Wuthering Heights"? Lauren Farrell In this coursework I am going to take about the contrast of Wuthering heights and Thrushcross Grange. I am going to talk about the different Settings of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. I am also going to talk about the contrast of nature and civilisation, the destructive effects of the social class system and self less and social love. The contrast of Nature and civilisation is a major part in illustrating the different settings of the two houses. Firstly the names of the houses say a lot about them, 'Wuthering' meaning a fierce, harsh wind, and 'Heights' means on a hill, this shows that this house is a house on a hill which is exposed to the elements and that it is a wild and primitive place and represents nature. "No wonder the grass grown up between the flags, and cattle are the only hedge cutters." This shows how natural the house is, they don't cut the grass themselves, they just let the cattle do it. Thrushcross grange is quite the opposite, 'Thrush' is a small, soft, fragile bird and 'cross' is a sign of Christianity, this is showing that this house is soft, well kept and civilised. ...read more.

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The items in Thrushcross grange on the other hand are very luxurious; they have chandeliers, a sofa. And the chairs are covered in crimson cloth. This leads straight onto a discussion of materials and colours and materials. At Wuthering heights all of the colours are natural, oak dressers and stone floor, the colours mentioned is green. The colours mentioned at Thrushcross grange are crimson, a rich red, gold, silver, and white, these are all colours of royalty, civilisation, and wealth. This is echoed by the sound effects of the words, the writer chooses soft sibilants sounds "a shower of glass drops hanging in silver chains from the centre, and shimmering with little soft tapers" There is a contrast between hard at Wuthering heights and soft at Thrushcross grange. Several of the descriptions at Wuthering heights suggest massiveness, "Large, jutting stones", "immense pewter dishes", "vast oak dresser", "huge liver-coloured bitch pointer" The descriptions of Thrushcross Grange are much daintier, "shimmering with little tapers", "little dog" This could be to reflect the emotions and passions at both places, at Wuthering heights passions are grand and eternal, but at Thrushcross grange they are small tame things. It is noticeable that at Wuthering heights the food is hearty and sustaining, not fancy food, they eat oatcakes, legs of beef or mutton. ...read more.

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"frightful thing", "a little lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway", Heathcliff is ordered away from Cathy, and he remarks that Cathy "was a young woman and they made their distinction between her treatment and mine", Heathcliff feels that Cathy is too good for him, because she is a young woman now. Both houses have dogs. The dogs at Wuthering heights seem ferocious and turn on Lockwood, "was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled, and her white teeth watering for a snatch". The first dog we see at Thrushcross grange is described as "a little pile of warm hair" shaking its paw and yelping after the Linton's children have been fighting over it. However Skulker, the guard dog at Thrushcross grange actually mauls Cathy and cripples her for some weeks, The Linton's seen much more civilised than the Earnshaw's, but in fact they are no better when it comes to protecting their property and privilege. In conclusion, I think that Emily Bront� is saying that nature is better than civilisation. As a child she was a revenants daughter and she spent a lot of time walking in the moors and being close to nature, she believes that just because you have a big lavish house you are better than anyone else. ...read more.

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