Honors English 10
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, the people who occupy them, and the events that take place in them both, theres lies a central conflict in the clash of social classes and interests, With a myriad of different interactions between the two houses, there lies the couplet of Heathcliff and Isabella Linton that prescribes well the distinction of confliction between the two binaries; Isabel’s kindness and peace that belongs to a cultivated atmosphere of higher stratum in the social ladder whereas with Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights’, Heathcliff, his stratum coerces him into jealousy, anger and hatred for not being able to achieve that with his own life in Catherine. Therefore, due to the insoluble class distinction and envy of Heathcliff in the life of Isabella, the concept of the storm’s cynicism takes maturation in juxtaposition to Linton, but then dies off and consequently ceasing the generations’ line of storm and ushering in a calm stat...
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... with brown ringlets falling form the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in." The physical characteristics of the two places and the people that reside there are the driving forces for this opposition.
“But since he (Heathcliff) is an extraneous element, he
is a source of discord, inevitably disrupting the working of the natural order.” (Cecil 30)
Through Catherine’s delirium, she has at last faced the reality of her hopeless situation. She is trapped, married to a man she cannot respect and cut off forever from the man she deeply loves. In addition, she is stifled by the civilized atmosphere of Thrushcross Grange and longing for freedom of her natural life with Heathcliff. In chapter twelve, she throws open the window to attempt to get a “chance of life.” (Bronte 125)
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