In the novel Wuthering Heights, a story about love that has turned into obsession, Emily Bronte manipulates the desolate setting and dynamic characters to examine the self-destructive pain of compulsion. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is a novel about lives that are intertwined with one another. All the characters in this novel are commingled in their relationships with Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.
The setting used throughout the novel Wuthering Heights helps to set the mood to describe the characters. We find two households separated by the cold, muddy, and barren moors, one by the name of Wuthering Heights, and the other by the name of Thrushcross Grange. Each house stands alone, in the mist of the dreary land, and the atmosphere creates a mood of isolation. In the novel, there are two places where virtually all of the action takes place. These two places, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, differ greatly from each other in appearance and mood. These differences reflect the universal conflict between storm and calm that Emily Bronte develops as the theme in her novel Wuthering Heights.
Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange both represent several opposing properties. The inhabitants of Wuthering Heights were that of the working class, while those of Thrushcross Grange were higher on the social ladder. The people of Wuthering Heights aspired to be on the same level as the Lintons. This is evident when Heathcliff and Catherine peek through their window. In addition, Wuthering Heights is always in a state of storminess while Thrushcross Grange always seemed calm. Wuthering Heights and its surroundings depict the cold, dark, and evil side of life.
Wuthering Heights is parallel to the life of Heathcliff. Both Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights began as lovely and warm, and as time wore on, both withered away to become less of what they once were. Heathcliff is the very spirit of Wuthering Heights. Healthcliff is a symbol of the cold, dark, and dismal dwelling. Emily Bronte describes Wuthering Heights as having “narrow windows deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.” This description, using the characteristics of Wuthering Heights, is adjacent to Heathcliff when he is illustrated having, “black eyes withdrawn so suspiciously under their brow.”9 Heathcliff lived in a primal identification with nature. The rocks, stones, trees, heavy skies and eclipsed sun environ him. There is no true separation of the setting of Heathcliff’s nature and the lives with which his life is bound.
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...