Remoteness and Loneliness in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Remoteness and Loneliness in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte loved nature and spent most of her childhood on the remote Yorkshire Moors near her home in Haworth. Emily found that the
Moors were a place of peace and sanctuary where she could retreat to relax and follow one of her most favourite past times, which was writing. However she knew that in a matter of seconds the Moors could change into a wild and savage wilderness.

Emily chose this ever-changing setting for her only novel "Wuthering
Heights". "Wuthering Heights" tells the tale of two families living in and around the bleak Yorkshire Moors near a small village, very similar to Haworth, called Gimmerton. This setting mirrors the personalities of the
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These changes in location throughout the novel represent the shifting fortunes of the characters. " it was beautiful - a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs"

The interior of Thrushcross Grange represents the superficial and sometimes foolish personalities of its inhabitants.

" … they had nearly pulled in two between them. The idiots! That was their pleasure! to quarrel who should hold a heap of warm hair … We laughed outright at the petted things,"

In this quote Heathcliff is describing his scorn at the petty argument between Edgar and Isabella Linton that himself and Catherine had watched through the window of Thrushcross Grange before they had been caught by the Lintons. He is obviously disgusted at their foolish behaviour and cannot understand why they would want to quarrel when they have the best of everything. The interior is also an indication of the high social status of the inhabitants. Perhaps Emily chose to write about opposite families at opposite ends of the social scale, as social status was very important when she was alive. Emily would have been very accustomed to the ways of the working class and the much talked about upper class. Without the remote setting of the Moors
"Wuthering Heights" would not have been as believable and realistic.
If it were set in London or another large city it would have been impossible for Heathcliff to imprison Cathy and

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