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 by the name of Thrushcross Grange. Each house stands alone, in the mist of the dreary land, and the atmosphere creates a mood of isolation. In the novel, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are the two places where virtually all of the action takes place. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, differ greatly from each other in appearance nd mood.
These differences reflect the universal conflict between the storm and calm, that Emily Bronte develops as the theme in the novel. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange both represent several opposing properties. The residents of Wuthering Heights were that of the working class, while those of Thrushcross Grange were higher on the social ladder. The people of Wuthering Heights aspired to be on the same level as the Lintons. This is evident when Heathcliff and Catherine peek through their window.
In addition, Wuthering Heights is always in a state of torminess and its surroundings depict the cold, dark, and evil side of life, while Thrushcross Grange always seems calm. Emily Bronte describes Wuthering Heights as having “narrow windows deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones. ” This description is adjacent to Heathcliff when he is illustrated having, “black eyes withdrawn so suspiciously under their brow. ” Thrushcross Grange, in contrast to the bleak exposed farmhouse on the heights, is situated in the valley with none of the grim features of Heathcliff’s home.
Opposite of Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange is filled with light and warmth. It is the appropriate home of the children of the calm. While Wuthering Heights was always full of activity, sometimes to the point of chaos. Linton’s existence at Thrushcross Grange was as “different from Heathcliff’s ‘as moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire’. ” It is Bronte’s remarkable imagination, emotional power, and figures of speech, is what makes the characters of Wuthering Heights relate so closely with their surroundings.
The contrast etween the houses is more than physical, rather these two houses represent the people which are living in them. Bronte made Heathcliff and Wuthering Height as one, by making both of them cold, dark, and menacing, similar to a storm. She also made Thrushcross Grange parallel with the Lintons, which was more of a welcoming and peaceful setting. The personality of both of the houses are warm and helps draw in the reader. The contrast of these two houses adds much to the meaning of this novel, and without it, the story would not be the interesting, complex novel it is.