Wuthering Heights is a novel of passion, revenge, and the destructiveness of a love that is too fierce. The book takes place in the Yorkshire moors in New England in the late 18th century. Emily Brontë, the author of the tale, makes great use of the story’s Gothic landscape and setting to draw into her story and complement its ongoing themes. The book divides its plot between the wild farmhouse, Wuthering Heights, and the cleanly kept mansion, Thrushcross Grange.
Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff grow up at the Heights, a old, stone building with a despondent interior. The setting of the house influences both characters who are only happy when they leave the bleak and depressing Wuthering Heights. They spend most of their days in the moors. The Yorkshire moors are colorful and lush in the summer and this draws the two characters to it. The moors represent freedom and innocence. This is where Catherine and Heathcliff fall in love: secluded from society and free from anyone’s judgement. However, the moors are also wild, water infested land which makes them consequently infertile, unable to cultivate on, and hard to navigate. This directly translates into the love that develops between the two main characters. A love that is unchanging, selfish, unkind, obsessive, and haunting. Their love is marred by wrong timing and drastic decisions that puts no thoughts in consequence.
The lovers face their first inevitable obstacle when they encounter the Thrushcross Grange. Thrushcross Grange is the opposite of everything Catherine and Heathcliff are. With its kept grounds and strict architecture, it represents everything that Catherine has the prospect of being and Heathcliff does not. Catherine's brother, Hindley, makes it absolutely impossible for Heathcliff to have any kind of respectable future, working the boy from dawn to dusk. Thrushcross Grange is the first symbolic wedge between the young lovers. The mansion is such a threat to their relationship that after spending five weeks there, Catherine's whole character changes. Although she is still headstrong and stubborn, she becomes a socially accepted and graceful young woman. This greatly hurts and forever alters her relationship with Heathcliff, who like Wuthering Heights will always be wild and unkept.
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