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In Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, what do Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange (the settings) symbolize in relationship to the novel's conflicts?  

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In Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, the two manor houses are symbolic of everything that is wrong with Heathcliff's life, and so will drive him fanatically to get what he does not have, but desperately wants. 

Mr. Earnshaw adopts Heathcliff, rescuing him from the streets of Liverpool. While Catherine accepts Heathcliff, Lindley resents him terribly. While Heathcliff may have been saved from poverty, he is thrust into a situation that (in many ways) causes him more harm than good. Whereas he knew who he was and understood the life that he had on the streets, this home of plenty robs him of a sense of self—he never feels good enough. Rough around the edges, he is forever reminded of where he has come from.

Growing up, Catherine and Heathcliff spend a great deal of time on the moors; here they play and Heathcliff feels free. However, from the moment Catherine discovers Thrushcross Grange and the people who live there, Heathcliff is once again thrust out of the one environment where he...

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