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What Do You Learn of the Contrast Between Family Life at Wuthering Heights and Family Life at Thrushcross Grange in This Chapter?

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What Do You Learn of the Contrast Between Family Life at Wuthering Heights and Family Life at Thrushcross Grange in This Chapter? The contrast between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange is more than physical; rather these two houses reflect the people, which are living in them. Family life at Wuthering Heights is very similar to Heathcliff's temperament, cold, dark and menacing. Whereas Thrushcross Grange is on a parallel with the Linton's which is more of a welcoming and peaceful setting. These differences emulate the universal conflict between the storm and the calm felt by Heathcliff and Cathy toward the Linton's. Within this chapter Heathcliff relays back to Nelly how Cathy is now in the care of the Linton's at Thrushcross Grange. ...read more.

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The image of the two civilised children inside the "beautiful" room and the two wild children outside, both a boy and a girl of similar ages make the window take on the role of a mirror. However the mirror shows the complete opposite lifestyles rather than the true images of those who look into it. Wuthering Heights is dark, "bleak" and an unpleasant place situated on a high windy crest of the Yorkshire moors, the house is even described as "grotesque". This imagery makes Wuthering Heights an opposing household and very un-welcoming and the stormy nature of the weather on the crest of the moors is comparable to the cold, dark temperament of Heathcliff. ...read more.

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"A splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold." This splenditure and warmth is reflected in the inviting personality of the Linton family toward Cathy. Without a doubt Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, along with the people who dwell in them, represent two entirely contrasting mentalities and states of mind: one of unrestrained passion and dark broodiness, the other of politely refined affection and soft tenderness. The Grange is a symbol of civilisation, warmth and goodness; Wuthering Heights is a symbol of wildest cruelty and evil. Such utter difference between the environments of the households symbolises the distinction between the temperaments of the inhabitants. ...read more.

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