Compare and contrast the ways in which Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights) Federico Garcia Lorca (The House Of Bernarda Alba) and Alfred Lord Tennyson (poems : "Mariana," "Locksley Hall," and "The...

Compare and contrast the ways in which Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights) Federico Garcia Lorca (The House Of Bernarda Alba) and Alfred Lord Tennyson (poems : "Mariana," "Locksley Hall," and "The Lady of Shallot") use houses to reflect the identities of the characters who inhabit them.

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The house that Heathcliffe finally gets his hands on suits his character as it is perched very high up on the windy moors, exposing it to the violent elements whose winds, gales and glaring summer sun highlight Heathcliff's wildly swinging moods and passions of attachment, rejection and aggression. To get to the next village entails four miles of walking so the windswept house suits his dark motives in keeping people there.

In contrast, Bernarda's home is a symbol of superiority. The first we hear of it is how obsessively and thoroughly it is being cleaned, as if the servant feels no matter how hard she scrubs it will never be good enough for her mistress. We see her fear as she tries to get a tiny spot off a glass. This reminds us of Bernarda's superior attitude to the village inhabitants in that she feels none of them will ever 'scrub up' to be good enough for her daughters. It also reminds us of the topics of repression, servitude and control.

Tennyson's home suits his negative, despairing mood. He reflects in a melancholy way on the past, and on his lost love. He says the moors around his home are dreary and barren and that is how he too feels, now that past opportunities are gone. 

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