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Posted December 18, 2007 at 1:18 AM via web

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Describe the contrast in physical appearance between the two estates at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2007 at 4:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Lockwood describes Wuthering Heights at the beginning of the novel. He says it is dark and forbidding, with a grotesque and Gothic atmosphere. The house has been allowed to deteriorate, and Lockwood feels it should belong to someone who hates all of humankind. It seems to have a tumultuous air about it, as if great trouble was a part of the house itself.

Thrushcross Grange is the opposite of Wuthering Heights. Before Heathcliff owns the house, it is a place of civilized, refined people. It seems to exude an air of nobility and high class. Once Heathcliff buys it, he allows the Grange to lapse into disrepair as well.

The atmospheres of both mansions seem to embody the personalities of their inhabitants. Once Heathcliff gained possession of these homes, his tortured angry soul imbued the spirits of them.  

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