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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte is named after the primary setting in the novel, the estate of Wuthering Heights, home to the dark and heroic Heathcliff.  The estate of Wuthering Heights figures so predominantly in the novel, from setting the tone to affecting the action, that it almost feels like another character.  The wind-swept, mysterious estate sits upon a high hill in the moors of Northern England. 

Bronte makes full use of the popular Gothic elements from her time period in Wuthering Heights: the creepy haunted mansion,  supernatural happenings, romance, mystery.  Perhaps by naming her novel after the intriguing estate in her story, she follows the convention of other popular Gothic writers who also named their novels after their settings: Castle of Otranto (Horace Walpole), Northanger Abby (Jane Austen), The Mysteries of Udolpho (Ann Radcliffe).

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Wuthering Heights is the name of the Norhtern English moor farmstead where the bulk of the story takes place.  The setting plays a large role in emphasizing the overall tone of the novel in that the Yorkshire Moors can be harsh, dark, untamed, yet they can also bring beauty, freedom and happiness. The home itself is not particulary warm and inviting, however the character's don't seem to know any differntly until they come across the bright & pleasant Thrushcross Grange.  When the two main character's, Heathcliffe & Catherine, peek into the Grange they are in agreement of their distaste for the household.  "We laughed outright at the petted things, we did despise them!" However, once Catherine is taken in and accepted at Thrushcross, and Heathcliffe rejected, her opinion of the Grange changes and her affections become divided.  The contrast of these two homesteads play an important role in emphasis of the human desire to acquire social class and consequences in the pursuit of it.

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