What ideas does Bronte associate with the two houses of Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights?

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In the Romantic novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, all of the action meets at just two places that are otherwise isolated from each other as well as from the rest of the world.

We see Wuthering Heights as the place where the Earnshaws live, whereas Thrushcross Grange belongs to the Lintons (though in the end, Heathcliff takes hold of both the estates). Catherine Earnshaw seems to be the only connecting link between these two mansions and also, the two families since she is the lover of Heathcliff and wife of Edgar Linton.

With Wuthering Heights Bronte represents the cold, evil, brutal, intense, gothic and dark elements of nature. This is complemented by the description of the natural surroundings and stormy weather of this place. We get the picture that nature is the supreme, driving force.

In the beginning Wythering Heights is marked by the rough and raw sensuality of Catherine and Heathcliff. They are close to nature and lack worldliness. They invoke passionate love and penetrating emotions. Wuthering Heights is nature at its best and worst, both.

Thrushcross Grange is diametrical to Wuthering Heights. We see that it is this place where Catherine acquires the fine, “lady-like” habits. It is the estate of the Lintons, where Catherine and Heathcliff get caught one day accidently while wandering into the moorlands. Heathcliff is thrown out at once and Catherine is taken care of gently by the Linton family.

Things and people at Thrushcross Grange are very different and non-dramatic. They represent order, calmness, sophistication, manners and peace in abundance.

Inhabitants of Thrushcross Grange are socially and economically grander than those at Wuthering Heights. This is very evident as Catherine choses to marry Edgar just to get social mobility.

But in contrast to the archetype, unbeatable and true love of Catherine and Heathcliff that represents Wuthering Heights, Bronte depicts Thrushcross Grange as surrounded by materialism and shallowness.

We rather love the chaos at Wuthering Heights to the orderly life and tranquillity at Thrushcross Grange.

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