In the novel Wuthering Heights, a story about love turned obsession, Emily Bronte
manipulates the desolate setting and dynamic characters to examine the self-destructive
pain of compulsion. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is a novel about lives that cross
paths and are intertwined with one another. Healthcliff, a orphan, is taken in by Mr.

Earnshaw, the owner of Wuthering Heights. Mr. Earnshaw has two children named

Catherine and Hindley. Jealousy between Hindley and Healthcliff was always a problem.

Catherine loves Healthcliff, but Hindley hates the stranger for stealing his fathers
affection away. Catherine meets Edgar Linton, a young gentleman who lives at

Thrushcross Grange. Despite being in love with Healthcliff she marries Edgar elevating
her social standing. The characters in this novel are commingled in their relationships
with Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

The series of events in Emily Bronte’s early life psychologically set the tone for
her fictional novel Wuthering Heights. Early in her life while living in Haworth, near the
moors, her mother died. At the time she was only three. At the age of nineteen, Emily
moved to Halifax to attend Law Hill School. There is confusion as of how long she
stayed here, suggestions ranging from a minimum of three months to a maximum of
eighteen months. However long, it was here where she discovered many of the ideas and
themes used in Wuthering Heights. Halifax, just like the Yorkshire moors of York, can
be described as bleak, baron, and bare. The moors are vast, rough grassland areas
covered in small shrubbery. The atmosphere that Emily Bronte encompassed herself in
as a young adult, reflects the setting she chose for Wuthering Heights.

The setting used throughout the novel Wuthering Heights, helps to set the mood
to describe the characters. We find two households separated by the cold, muddy, and
barren moors, one by the name of Wuthering Heights, and the other Thrushcross Grange.

Each house stands alone, in the mist of the dreary land, and the atmosphere creates a
mood of isolation. In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, there are two places
where virtually all of the action takes place. These two places, Wuthering Heights and

Thrushcross Grange differ greatly in appearance and mood. These differences reflect the
universal conflict between storm and calm that Emily Bronte develops as the theme in
her novel Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange both represent several opposing
properties which bring about all sorts of bad happenings when they clash. For example,
the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights were that of the working class, while those of

Thrushcross Grange were high up on the social ladder. The people of Wuthering Heights
aspired to be on the same level as the Lintons. This is evident by Heathcliff and

Catherine when the peek through their window. In addition, Wuthering Heights was
always in a state of storminess while Thrushcross Grange always seemed calm.

Wuthering Heights, and its surroundings, depicts the cold, dark, and evil side of
life. Bronte chooses well, the language that she uses in Wuthering Heights. Even the
title of her book holds meaning. "The very definition of the word wuthering may be
viewed as a premonitory indication of the mysterious happenings to be experienced by
those inhabiting the edifice."1 "Wuthering Heights, built in 1500, suffers from a kind of
malnutrition: its thorns have become barren, its firs stunted, everything seems to crave for
the ‘alms of the sun’ that sustain life."2 This tenebrous home is decorated with
crumbling griffins over the front of the main door.3 Its lack of congeniality and "warmth
is augmented by stone floors." 4 The windows are set deep in the wall, and the corners
defended with large jutting stones. Although Wuthering Heights, the land of the storm,
sits high on the barren moorland, "The world of Wuthering Heights is a world of sadism,
violence, and wanton cruelty."5

It is the tenants of the Wuthering Heights that bring the storm to the house. The

Earnshaw family, including Heathcliff, grew up inflicting pain on one another. Pinching,
slapping and hair pulling occur constantly. Catherine, instead of shaking her gently,
wakes Nelly Dean, the servant of the house, up by pulling her hair. The Earnshaw
children grow up in a world "where human beings, like the trees, grow gnarled and
dwarfed and distorted by the inclement climate."6

Wuthering Heights is parallel to the life of Heathcliff. Both Heathcliff and

Wuthering Heights began as lovely and warm, and as time wore on both withered away
to become less of what they once were. Heathcliff is the very spirit of Wuthering

Heights. Healthcliff is a symbol of Wuthering Heights,