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What Use does Emily Bronte make of settings in Wuthering Heights?

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What Use does Emily Bronte make of settings in Wuthering Heights? In Wuthering heights, Bronte has created settings to reflect the behaviour of the Characters. She explores the idea that a character must complement their settings and in both Chapters it is easy to make judgement of the characters from the settings she has displayed. In Wuthering Heights the first setting, the writer explores the use of Pathetic Fallacy on several occasions to give us deeper meanings of two different characters in two different settings. In Chapter one Heathcliff is shown to live in a dark dwelling. Bronte writes "Mr Heathcliff's dwelling...the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather" The referral to 'stormy weather' implies that Heathcliff may also have a 'stormy' persona to him. Also in Chapter one, Heathcliff is said to be "A dark-skinned gypsy...and rather morose" As he is described as 'dark' once again, it gives me the impression that he is somewhat evil or mysterious in character. ...read more.

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It also gives a clear difference between the settings and the characters that dwell inside them. In the gardens of both settings, Bronte continues to use pathetic fallacy to display more about what each setting reveals about the characters. In Wuthering Heights Lockwood States "No wonder the grass grows up between the flags and the cattle are the only hedge cutters." This suggests to me that the garden in Wuthering heights is very un-kept and not looked after or tended to. He also says "...and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way" The writer has uses personification to give strong imagery of how the thorns are 'stretching their limbs' all around the house. It gives a gothic feeling to the house and a dark feeling giving you the feeling there is someone or something also dark inside of the house. In the Lintons' garden, there is a whole different feeling compared to Wuthering Heights. ...read more.

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the wall' it also gives me the feeling that beyond the deep set windows, there is something in the house that is hidden and can not escape. At Thrushcroft Grove the windows symbolise something completely different to those of Wuthering Heights. Nelly says "They sat together in a window whose lattice lay back against the wall and displayed, beyond the garden trees and the wild green park the called of Gimmerton..." This description tells me that due to the opened lattices' it shows freedom. Also as through the window you can see Greenland; it also represents a sign of freedom and freshness you do not perceive at Wuthering heights. In Both settings Bronte has clearly displayed differences and reasons why she has put certain characters in certain settings as they most definitely echo their personalities. She has several implications throughout the story that life in both settings are completely different and it would be interesting to think what would occur if some of the characters where in the opposite settings. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zoe-Alexandra Oparah 10.4 ...read more.

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