How the setting in "Wuthering Heights" reflects the characters of the protagonists.

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One of the main characters in Wuthering Heights is the fiendish Heathcliff. An orphan despised since his birth, Heathcliff grows up to become a sadistic, cruel, vengeful and immoral man. He is often reffered to as ?like the devil? or as ?evil?, and this is certainly the way he acts. His intense yet destroyed passion towards Catherine Earnshaw causes him to despise all members of the Linton family of Thrushcross Grange, and he schemes to destroy them in numerous ways. A horrible person, Heathcliff abuses Isabelle, Edgar Lintons sister, by using her infatuation as a tool of revenge towards the Lintons, he constantly and savagly attacks Linton, his own dying son, and even his tenant, Mr. Lockwood, cannot escape his cruelty. The way Bronte writes the novel, many comparisons can be seen between Heathcliffs character and the actual house in which he grew up, Wuthering Heights. This house is a dark, ?bleak?, unpleasant place situated on a high, windy crest on the moors. Yet not only is the atmosphere of Wuthering Heights similar to that of Heathcliff, but both are also physically described in a similar way. The house is described as ?grotesque?, with ?strong...narrow windows...deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large, jutting stones? (page 4). This is similar to many descriptions of Heathcliffs personal appearance, his ?savage? face is illustrated as having "brows lowering, the eyes deep set and eyes withdrawn so suspiciously under their brow" (page 93). His dark, immoral attitude is enhanced by his personal physical description, which is similar to that of the actual house, as well as by the described influence of his surroundings. This characters temprement is not
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only shown through the way he is personally portrayed, but also through the setting in which he is shown.Thrushcross Grange and the Linton family represent culture, refinement, convention, and cultivation.Thrushcross Grange, in contrast to the bleak exposed farmhouse on the heights, is situated in the valley with none of the grim features of Heathcliff?s home. Opposite of Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange is filled with light and warmth. "Unlike Wuthering Heights, it is elegant and comfortable...a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold?." Thrushcross Grange is the appropriate home ...

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