Wuthering Heights Analysis

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Neil Zhao Honors English 10 Mrs. Cesaro 14 January, 2015 The Forces of Life: Storm Vs. Calm At the outskirts of a time when capitalism and industrialization are changing in the society of the Post-1700 's, there lies a universal stratum made up of two opposite forces, storm and calm. Represented by the clash of elemental forces, Emily Brontё 's novel, "Wuthering Heights”, depicts two houses in England that are almost the exact opposite of each other in a strong, contrasting incentive between the storm and the calm. Illustrating two different moods, Brontё represents one house, Thrushcross Grange, as the calm, peaceful side of life where it even comes to the point of appearing dull and lifeless. The other house, Wuthering Heights, serves as the symbol of the storm, a livelihood of emotion and passion. In these two houses,…show more content…
"Wuthering" meaning subject to persistent blustery or noisy winds and"Heights"referring to the hill on top of which it resides. There are physical storms described in the book that "[rattle] over the Heights in a full fury"(p. 248), that have "growling thunder, and great drops" (p. 248) . On the night of Mr.Earnshaw 's death "a high wind blustered round the house [...] it sounded wild and stormy" (p. 43). The house is described by the author as cruel one, the "narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners are defended with large jutting stones" (p. 4). Furthermore, there are in the house cruel dogs that bite Mr. Lockwood upon his arrival. These dogs are said to be "robbing [the] wood of pheasants" (p. 328). The vegetation also illustrates the misery of the house, there are "a few stunted firs at the end of the house" (Chapter I) and "a range of gaunt thorns" (p. 4), the word "gaunt" demonstrates effectively the coldness of the house. The physical description of the house makes the reader believe that Wuthering Heights is not a calm
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