Wuthering Heights And Thrushcross Essay

1486 words - 6 pages

The difference between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange can be
thought of as a metaphysical opposition between storm and calm.

How does this statement effect your reading and understanding of the
novel “Wuthering heights”

Wuthering Heights is a love story focused on two quite different
families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons. They live in contrasting
houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Wuthering Heights is
a lonely old farmhouse on top of the Yorkshire moors. It is exposed to
the wilderness and the elements. Thrushcross Grange is lower down the
valley, closer to civilisation and has a gentler and more cultivated
atmosphere.

The houses and the characters that live in them are similar. They are
introduced to us in the first chapter when Mr Lockwood visits
Wuthering Heights, which is “completely removed from the stir of
civilization”. Lockwood, a gentleman from the south of England who is
renting the Grange, comes to Wuthering Heights on a bleak night in the
middle of a snowstorm to introduce himself to Heathcliff who is now
the owner of both properties, therefore Mr Lockwood’s landlord. He
finds Heathcliff and his servant Joseph unfriendly. The old house
“1500” itself is also unwelcoming. ‘Wuthering’being….. descriptive of
the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy
weather’ due to the “north wind blowing”. Indeed the name of the house
itself can be seen to be indicative of its metaphysical qualities. The
word “Wuthering” is Yorkshire slang for stormy and Heights relates to
the heights of passion and anger inside the house. “before passing
through the threshold” Lockwood describes the gate as a barrier and
inside the house there are ‘hidden dens’ of dogs who attack Mr
Lockwood, the assault being described as a ‘tempest’ or ‘storm’. We
are presented early on in the story with the unsophisticated,
uncivilised character of Heathcliff in these hostile surroundings.

Lockwood returns to the Grange and inquires about the strange and far
from peaceful atmosphere at Wuthering Heights. He asks his
housekeeper, Nelly Dean about Heathcliff and she relays the whole
history and saga of the two families and houses.

Heathcliff was rescued from the Liverpool slums by Mr Earnshaw and
adopted. He was hated by Mr Earnshaw’s son, Hindley, but became very
close to Mr Earnshaw’s daughter Catherine. When Mr Earnshaw died,
Hindley treated Heathcliff like a servant. Catherine, whilst having
strong feelings for Heathcliff, married Edgar Linton of Thrushcross
Grange, to raise her social status. By marrying Edgar, Catherine would
become ‘the lady of Thrushcross Grange’. Heathcliff, passionately
unhappy, left the area. He became successful and wealthy and on his
return, three years later, married Edgar Linton’s sister, Isabella,
whom he did not love, but because she was Edgar Linton’s heir.
Catherine, deeply unhappy, died whilst giving birth to her daughter
Cathy. Isabella, growing...

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