Wuthering Hieghts Analysis

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In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, the contrasting locations of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange metaphorically represent the conflict between passion and decorum. Through their names, geography, and respective tenants, the manors of the “heights” and the “grange” serve as parallels for a feud, a love triangle, and ultimately two differing values- passion and societal politeness. Separated by mountains, the manors are worlds away, each representing a life without a balance of passion and decorum, calm and storm, good and evil. The stormy weather of the “heights” serves as a motif for the themes of passion and violence while doubling as a contrast to Thrushcross Grange. The very name “Wuthering Heights” meaning windy mountain alludes to its stormy weather. Placed on top of a hill, Wuthering Heights is plagued with storms that “rattle over the Hill in a fury” (47) with “great drops and growling thunder” (47). The storms of Wuthering Heights often correlate to the moods and doings of the manor’s inhabitants, like when Mr. Earnshaw died. The character of the manor is also stormy and passionate. Wuthering Heights is the very picture of an evil mansion, which the narrator alludes is a result from is harsh weather conditions. The mansion is “descriptive of atmospheric tumult” (4) and is “barren and stunted”. Its windows are deep set; its bricks jut out on all sides. Wuthering Heights is not beautiful. It is a place wild and unchecked- another reminder of storms, evil, and mostly unbridled passions. The inside of the house is almost Spartan, a far cry from the ornate Thrushcross Grange. Like the people who live in Wuthering Heights, the manor is less about the material possessions of this world as it is the dangers of the next. It teeters on the edge of a mountain, with blustery winds, and worn foundations, mirroring exactly the Earnshaw family who lives there.
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