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Wuthering Heights - The contrast between wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

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Introduction

Wuthering Heights In the first chapter of the book the reader gets a vivid picture of the house Wuthering Heights from Lockwood's descriptions ""wuthering" being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather." It quickly becomes clear that Wuthering Heights portrays the image of its surroundings, the desolate Yorkshire moors fully exposed to the elements. It is not only the house that displays the environment that envelops the place it is also the occupants and things inside the house that deliver the symbols of the raw emotion and the exposure to the cruelty (storms) that so much resembles the weather and location. As shown by the dogs that are seemingly ordinary creatures to be found occupying a house. But in the descriptions given by Lookwood they appear to have a greater significance. They are depicted as threatening creatures (like wolves) as they are described as "four footed fiends," and a "herd of possessed swine" Also the dogs are not seen to occupy the kitchen but they "haunt" it, giving a more terrifying impression. The verb used by Lookwood "haunt" is appropriate as later in the novel Catherine returns to haunt Heathcliff. ...read more.

Middle

Heathcliff feels they are robbing him of Catherine so is likely to be even more spiteful. "As different as a moonbeam from lightning or fire from frost," (Catherine Chapter 10) this quote shows why the marriages of Edgar to Catherine and Isabella to Heathcliff are doomed to failure. Catherine and Heathcliff, the two from Wuthering Heights both marry for the wrong reasons mainly material gain. Catherine for money and status and Heathcliff for land and revenge. While the two characters from Thrushcross Grange marry because they are in love. Because of this love they fail to acknowledge the true character of the people they are marrying. "the astonished young man felt it applied over his own ear," (Nelly Chapter 9) is referring to the time when Edgar gets slapped by Catherine, but doesn't take the hint like Nelly suggests "Take warning and be gone! It is kindness to let you have a glimpse of her true disposition." But in the very next Chapter he proposes. This marriage works for a while because "the gunpowder lay as harmless as sand, because no fire came near to explode it." With Catherine being the gunpowder, Edgar the sand and Heathcliff the catalyst, fire. ...read more.

Conclusion

But uses the contrast between Nature (Heathcliff) and Culture (Edgar) to show how this idealistic love could be squandered. In Catherine and Edgar's marriage Bronte leaves illness and a childbirth that leads to death. She uses Catherine to show what happens when you marry just for social status. She uses Heathcliff's marriage to show what happens when you marry out of your class /social status for greed and revenge. Emily Bronte also uses the love of Heathcliff and Catherine to show how women wanted to be equals to men. But when Catherine marries Edgar she becomes a 2nd class citizen and this is typical of men's views on women at the time when the novel was written. The way in which Catherine's name changes throughout the book shows how women have a crucial lack of identity that was common at the time the book was written. The contrast between wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange is very important in the novel because the novel is all about contrast, conflict, unions that fail, how the unions produce manipulated unhappy children. The contrast in the houses symbolises the contrasts and differences inherent in life that produce conflict not peace. Yet in both houses live people who want to be loved and to love. ...read more.

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