Wuthering Heights vs. Thrushcross Grange
In Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte presents two main houses where all the important events happen: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. These two houses are on the Yorkshire moors and are positioned in opposition of each other. These two residences do have some similarities but they are extremely different in many ways.
Both houses are set on the moors but the surrounding of each one is very different. Wuthering Heights is settled on the top of a hill. As the name “Wuthering” implies, the house is surrounded by fierce winds and wild stormy weather most of the time. Such weather symbolizes the chaos and drama that is always going on inside the house. On the other hand, Thrushcross Grange is settled on flat land. It is well enclosed and protected, which symbolizes the calm and comfortable scenes that usually happen inside its walls. Both houses don’t only differ on their surroundings but on their vegetation and gardens too. In Wuthering Heights, “cows are the only hedgecutters”(pg 4) and the intense winds have formed “stunted firs at the end of the house” (pg 4). The garden is neglected and is definitely not attractive, showing the hostility to foreigners. The stunted growth of the plants symbolizes the growth of the inhabitants that are sometimes unable to grow properly emotionally (as in the case of Heathcliff’s and Catherine’s love for each other). Such characteristics create a feeling of alienation in the house. Thrushcross Grange’s peaceful environment can be reflected on the vegetation around it. The garden’s main feature is the hedge that surrounds it. This hedge provides protection and privacy and it makes the house seem secluded and hidden. However, the hedge is “broken”. This little passage under the hedge may show how even the most organized things always do have tiny flaws, just like the inhabitants and the scenes in this house.
As well as the vegetation, the interior of each house reflects on the...
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