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How important to the novel are the settings of Wuthering heights and Thrushcross grange?

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How important to the novel are the settings of Wuthering heights and Thrushcross grange? Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights is set in two places: the stormy Wuthering Heights and the stately Thrushcross Grange. In general, the characters and events emerging from the Heights are more passionate and violent than those from Thrushcross grange, while the Grange produces more restrained and quiet characters and events. Wuthering Heights is a strong house. The house needs to be strong not only to withstand the storms but also to withstand the stormy emotions the characters and events release within its walls. Catherine and Heathcliff are the two stormiest characters to emerge from the Heights. Catherine is headstrong and passionate. She wants things her way, and she gets terrifyingly angry when her wishes are ignored. ...read more.

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Heathcliff and Cathy run from Wuthering heights in hope of discovering what Thrushcross grange is like. On the other side, Thrushcross Grange is a place of relative peace and civilization. It stands proud on a stretch of manicured land, a representation of society and affluence. It produces the characters Edgar and Cathy Linton, two educated people. Edgar is the most typical of the Grange. He is weak-willed and rather cowardly when arguing with Cathy is sometimes backs down and leaves the situation to someone else to put back right. This contrast in environment can also be seen through the characters behaviour and attitude towards one another. Lockwood describes Wuthering Heights to us. He is unable to give us much detail about the house as he is scared about what Heathcliff might say or so if he asked any questions. ...read more.

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But soon after her return to Wuthering Heights she is back to her old ways. It seems that the environment she is placed in controls her temper and wildness. Thrushcross grange is more civilised than Wuthering heights. On arriving at Wuthering Heights Lockwood is made to feel unwelcome by Heathcliff. Heathcliff first words to Lockwood are " I should not allow anyone to inconvenience me". Thrushcross grange, on the other hand, is more welcoming and is happy for outsiders to stay with them in their household. They do not turn Cathy away when she falls ill on their doorstep. This shows that Thrushcross grange is a more socialised and civilised place. Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering heights are as different as night and day. This contrast adds a dramatic twist to the novel. Within a separation of just 4 miles, these two houses are the exact. Fiona Allen ...read more.

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