Wuthering Heights

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In what was does the setting reflect the main ideas of the novel you have studied. Include evidence to support your analysis. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a classic novel that challenges readers to look beyond what is written. The settings in the book reflect the main ideas most predominantly through Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, how they correspond to Heaven and Hell and how they affect the characters. Through religion, class and destructive, obsessive love we can echo these ideas and relate them to Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte’s time, the 1800’s, were rich in religion, Christianity and organised religions flourished, most people went to God in their time of need. Emily Bronte’s father was an Evangelical priest, however Emily was dissatisfied with the chosen religion and set off on her spiritual journey to discover a religion best suited for her. Over time she found nature to be most satisfying, much like the romanticism period she favoured nature as her religion and she echoes her views on religion in Wuthering Heights, through how Heathcliff and Catherine find solace in the moors, “…run away to the moors … and the after punishment grew a mere thing to laugh at”. In this the moors represent a sort of haven for Heathcliff and Catherine, like when Catherine was ill the breeze from the moors blew in and renews her and gives her strength, much like how church gives religious people strength. The setting of Thrushcross Grange juxtaposes Wuthering Heights similarly like Heaven and Hell. Emily Bronte sets the difference by describing how Wuthering heights is like a fortress; secluded with large boulders and small windows. She emphasises how much Wuthering Heights is like Hell through Heathcliff and the dogs, “Is Mr Heathcliff […] a devil?”, she likens Heathcliff to the devil through many slanderings on Nelly’s part and characterises the dogs to be the guards of Hell. Contradictory to this description is Thrushcross Grange, which is depicted as...
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