SETTINGS: Wuthering Heighs/ Thrushcross Grange

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Wuthering Heights

'deep indentations deformed the panels of the walls' - damaged rough and provincial 
'tarnish and dust' 
Some consider it to represent Heathcliff as a characte 'even the gate over which he leaned manifested no sympathising movement' 
bestial imagery is used in it's description 'squealing puppies...dead rabbits...swarm' 
A male violent space 'haunted' It's sinister, it holds secrets and it is where a cursed and dammned Heathcliff dies. 
It becomes a prison to certain characters in the book- Hareton (Catherines Nephew & son of hindley) and Isabella (Edgar's sister) 
It also is the setting for an abusive and cruel marrige - Heathcliff and Isabella 
The way the building is presented changes 
At the start of the book Lockwood struggles to enter the building with vicious dogs, locked
gates with an uninviting landlord but in the end the windows are open there is sunshine and two people in love. 

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Thrushcross Grange

'a splendid place carpeted with crimson and crimson covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling' 
Luxurious imagery, civilisation, culture, refinement, class, opulent education. 
This place is representative of Linton; sterile and dull 
This place also becomes a prison- it traps Catherine
It is the setting for a well intentional but incompatible marriage
Represents calm and 
'rough indiscipline' of the Heights.
It is violent in it's own way: Skulker the dog bites Catherine- she then enters a type of adulthood and world of refinement she was not prepared for. 
It is cultural, wealthy and comfortable; Catherine is tamed by the house and then suffocated by it.
'large drawing room windows' punish Heathcliff as he looks into a world he is rejected from when Catherine is bitten. 


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Example paragraph

The way Bronte depicts Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange is of metaphysical oppositions. Wuthering Heights has a cold and threatening atmosphere even on the outside 'even the gate over which he leaned manifested no sympathising movement'. Lockwood personifies the gate, like Heathcliff as an inhospitable presence. In contrast, the cheery and large drawing room windows at TG stand far apart from the 'narrow and deeply set' windows of WH. It tortures Heathcliff with a view to a world he isn't invited to. This suggests the seemingly welcoming atmosphere of TG is a facade. For Catherine, the diversity of TG is one that is comfortable and cultural; she is tamed by the house but ultimately suffocated by it. 


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