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Wuthering Heights: The Role of Landscape

"What role does the physical landscape play in the novel? In what ways do the moors contribute to the plot and character development?"

Hayley Botz

on 19 March 2013

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Transcript of Wuthering Heights: The Role of Landscape

Hayley Botz &
Nicole Bravo The Role of Landscape The Moors Moors are open, wet, wild, infertile places.
This barren land is an important aspect of
the novel, Wuthering Heights. Wildness As said before, the moors are wild.
This wildness is personified in the
relationship between Heathcliff and
Catherine, and their mutual fondness
for playing there. Danger and Fear Both Nelly and Catherine were
believed to have drowned while
wandering the moors. It is easy to lose
oneself in the land as it is incredibly
difficult to navigate. Character Development Heathcliff When Heathcliff was
first brought into the Heights,
many people, Hindley included,
feared the "dirty gypsy boy." Storms Storms have a very important impact
in Wuthering Heights. Whenever they
begin to brew, a character has an emotional breakdown. It's importance is
emphasized constantly
by publishers and
readers alike. Their love of the moors (and for each
other) is respected by the end of the novel, as they are both buried there. To navigate the moors is as dangerous
as being around Heathcliff and Catherine,
their relationship as difficult to truly understand. For instance, when Heathcliff ran away for three years, Catherine ran outside just as a storm began to start, and as the rain fell
from the sky, tears fell from her eyes. Changes in the weather directly effect changes in character. When the weather is bad, tensions
are high between characters. And when it is a beautiful day, which is a
rare occasion, all is well on the earth
between Wuthering Heights and
Thrushcross Grange. This fear is like fearing the moors in that it is fearing the unknown, a commonality in the human condition. And when he left on that black night, his heart was as dark as the sky for without Catherine, he was only darkness. When he avidly wished for Catherine to visit his chambers after her death, he threw open the window to a cold, stormy night, the lightning
crashing like the sound of his heart
breaking. Catherine Catherine has a playful,
wild nature, and she was
adored, except when she was in a temper. This wildness is
interconnected with the
moors and brought out
by Heathcliff. Her mood swings are as ever changing as the weather, storms and sunshine included. Thrushcross Grange The difference between the two households is very distinct and prove to alter characters. The Grange is a much more heavenly place, and when Catherine is injured and stays there, she becomes more polite (even Heathcliff has slightly better manners here)and refined, though her passionate soul would betray her even with a change in location. The Grange is protected by a hill, and for the time that young Cathy resided there, she was protected from the Heights and Heathcliff. And so she was untainted for a little while. Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights is a place full of
passion and is as wild as the moors that surround it. The people who reside there
are the same. Catherine grew up here, and the moors go with her wherever she went. The weeks before her death, she would beg Nelly to open the window because she missed breathing in the winds of her home. The moors, which she so adored were her downfall in her end. This symbolizes that her wild nature and intense passion were her doom, and Heathcliff is no different. in that regard. The purpose of this particular landscape is to emphasize similar elements within characters and enforce the theme of intense passion and wild behaviours. Catherine runs out during a storm again before her death in search of Heathcliff yet again. She does not fear the rain because
she herself is a storm, full of passion.
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