Wuthering Heights

In the novel Wuthering Heights, a story about love turned 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 cross paths and are intertwined with one another.

Healthcliff, a orphan, is taken in by Mr. Earnshaw, the owner of Wuthering

Heights. Mr. Earnshaw has two children named Catherine and Hindley. Jealousy
between Hindley and Healthcliff was always a problem. Catherine loves

Healthcliff, but Hindley hates the stranger for stealing his fathers affection
away. Catherine meets Edgar Linton, a young gentleman who lives at Thrushcross

Grange. Despite being in love with Healthcliff she marries Edgar elevating her
social standing. The characters in this novel are commingled in their
relationships with Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The series of
events in Emily Bronte’s early life psychologically set the tone for her
fictional novel Wuthering Heights. Early in her life while living in Haworth,
near the moors, her mother died. At the time she was only three. At the age of
nineteen, Emily moved to Halifax to attend Law Hill School. There is confusion
as of how long she stayed here, suggestions ranging from a minimum of three
months to a maximum of eighteen months. However long, it was here where she
discovered many of the ideas and themes used in Wuthering Heights. Halifax, just
like the Yorkshire moors of York, can be described as bleak, baron, and bare.

The moors are vast, rough grassland areas covered in small shrubbery. The
atmosphere that Emily Bronte encompassed herself in as a young adult, reflects
the setting she chose for Wuthering Heights. 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 Thrushcross Grange. Each house stands
alone, in the mist of the dreary land, and the atmosphere creates a mood of
isolation. In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, there are two places
where virtually all of the action takes place. These two places, Wuthering

Heights and Thrushcross Grange differ greatly 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 which bring
about all sorts of bad happenings when they clash. For example, the inhabitants
of Wuthering Heights were that of the working class, while those of Thrushcross

Grange were high up on the social ladder. The people of Wuthering Heights
aspired to be on the same level as the Lintons. This is evident by Heathcliff
and Catherine when the peek through their window. In addition, Wuthering Heights
was always in a state of storminess while Thrushcross Grange always seemed calm.

Wuthering Heights, and its surroundings, depicts the cold, dark, and evil side
of life. Bronte chooses well, the language that she uses in Wuthering Heights.

Even the title of her book holds meaning. "The very definition of the word
wuthering may be viewed as a premonitory indication of the mysterious happenings
to be experienced by those inhabiting the edifice."1 "Wuthering Heights,
built in 1500, suffers from a kind of malnutrition: its thorns have become
barren, its firs stunted, everything seems to crave for the ‘alms of the
sun’ that sustain life."2 This tenebrous home is decorated with crumbling
griffins over the front of the main door.3 Its lack of congeniality and"warmth is augmented by stone floors." 4 The windows are set deep in the
wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones. Although Wuthering

Heights, the land of the storm, sits high on the barren moorland, "The world
of Wuthering Heights is a world of sadism, violence, and wanton cruelty."5 It
is the tenants of the Wuthering Heights that bring the storm to the house. The

Earnshaw family, including Heathcliff, grew up inflicting pain on one another.

Pinching, slapping and hair pulling occur constantly. Catherine, instead of
shaking her gently, wakes Nelly Dean, the servant of the house, up by pulling
her hair. The Earnshaw children grow up in a world "where human beings, like
the trees, grow gnarled and dwarfed and distorted by the inclement climate."6

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 Wuthering Heights, the cold, dark,
and dismal