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The difference between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange can be thought of as a metaphysical opposition between storm and calm.

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The difference between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange can be thought of as a metaphysical opposition between storm and calm. How does this statement effect your reading and understanding of the novel "Wuthering heights" Wuthering Heights is a love story focused on two quite different families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons. They live in contrasting houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Wuthering Heights is a lonely old farmhouse on top of the Yorkshire moors. It is exposed to the wilderness and the elements. Thrushcross Grange is lower down the valley, closer to civilisation and has a gentler and more cultivated atmosphere. The houses and the characters that live in them are similar. They are introduced to us in the first chapter when Mr Lockwood visits Wuthering Heights, which is "completely removed from the stir of civilization". Lockwood, a gentleman from the south of England who is renting the Grange, comes to Wuthering Heights on a bleak night in the middle of a snowstorm to introduce himself to Heathcliff who is now the owner of both properties, therefore Mr Lockwood's landlord. He finds Heathcliff and his servant Joseph unfriendly. The old house "1500" itself is also unwelcoming. 'Wuthering'being..... descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather' due to the "north wind blowing". ...read more.

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They describe 'a splendid place carpeted, with crimson, and crimson-covered tables and chairs, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass-drops hanging in silver chains from the centre'. When they look through the windows they think 'we should have thought ourselves in heaven'. They wonder if the family spends its Sunday evenings 'reading sermons' and are 'set to learn a column of Scripture names if they don't answer properly'. When they are caught, Catherine is taken into the house away from Heathcliff who is described as 'wicked' and 'quite unfit for a decent house'. Thrushcross Grange is 'provided with a large library' which symbolises education and culture. Mr Lockwood is dismayed that there are no books at Wuthering Heights. 'How do you live without them'. Cathy tells us Heathcliff 'never reads' and he burns her books. As the story and the characters develop, we see that the difference between the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, encapsulates the differences between the characters who live in them. The residents of Wuthering Heights represent storm. Nelly Dean admits she 'could not half tell what an infernal house we had'. Hindley is a violent and vengeful person who hates Heathcliff and treats him like an animal, degrading him and making him sleep in the barn. ...read more.

Conclusion

After her mother's death, she brings 'sunshine to a desolate house'. The positive calmer aspects of their characters are dominating the passionate destructive aspects. At the end of the novel Hareton and Cathy marry and plant the flowers from Thrushcross Grange in their garden at Wuthering Heights and finally move to the Grange. 'We were in April then: the weather was sweet and warm, the grass as green as showers and sun could make it, and the two dwarf apple trees near the southern wall in full bloom". They get married on New Years Day and it appears as though they are breaking away from the stormy chaos and hatred that filled the previous generation's lives, to make a new and fresh start. The choice of New Years Day represents News Years resolutiosn, positive thought and new beginnings and growth/ In my opinion, it appears that the disorder and chaos created because of the complete differences between the two houses and families and Heathcliff's influence on them both has now been resolved and a sense of calm has been achieved. The death of Heathcliff removed all sense of anger, revenge and ravages which surrounded the houses for much of the book. The two houses are combined in this calmer, happier, more natural atmosphere. ...read more.

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