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Copy of Wuthering Heights Symbolism

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Kimberly Aberle

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Wuthering Heights Symbolism
Character Symbolism
Lockwood's name points to locked wood, which could be a locked door or a cross. Lockwood arrives from a domesticated region in England, and could in a way represent a form of the Son of God in which both were harshly unwelcomed upon their arrival. Lockwood becomes a false savior, in which his presence could alter the events of Wuthering Heights for the better, yet he chooses to leave it in distress and agitation.
Heathcliff symbolizes freedom and lawlessness. His very name suggests steadfastness and power. Heathcliff's actions are headstrong and selfish, and as the sinister ruler of Wuthering Heights, he represents the devil who was favored in Romanticism.
Geographic Symbolism
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is symbolized through its name. "Wuthering" is derived from violent storms while "Heights" evoke fear and steep cliffs. Thus, Wuthering Heights is represented as uncivilized, wildness, uncontrained passion, and the rejection of modesty. Ultimately, Wuthering Heights is a symbolic "hell" elevated on nature's mountain tops with the devilish Heathcliff as its ruler.
Thrushcross Grange
Thrushcross Grange is symbolized as thrush-cross, a symbol for Christianity, and grange, which is portrayed as a tranquil domesticated farmland. By contrast to the Heights, Thrushcross Grange represents temperance, etiquette, and fragility. The peaceful and gated Thrushcross Grange symbolizes heaven, a safe haven of order, decency, and tranquility.
Penistone Crag
Weather Symbolism
The pampered Edgar Linton represents order, rules, and reform, in contrast to Heathcliff's personality. Linton has civilized virtues which he upholds highly, on the other hand, Heathcliff abides in disorder with the abasement of morals.
Edgar Linton
The Children:
Hareton, Linton, and Cathy
The children in the second half of the book serve as combinations of their parents' personalities. Catherine is impulsive like her mother and has moderation from her father, Edgar. Linton receives the worst traits from his parents, as he is both overbearing as his father Heathcliff, and feeble from his mother Isabella. Hareton retrieves his rough personality from Hindley. The children represent a continuance of the cycle of conflict from the preceding generation.
The Moors
The moors is an intermediary place between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. It is a deep empty plot of land described as "Blackhorse marsh." To Catherine and Heathcliff, the Moors are a limitless region of freedom, but to others, it can represent confusion and even death. Conclusively, the Moors is symbolic of the realm that separates heaven and hell apart.
Weather Affects Mood
Emily Bronte uses weather to symbolize the nature. The frequent storms and winds that sweep through wuthering heights represents the force of nature that characters cannot control. Weather affects the attitudes and the emotions. Rain represents dismay, and darkness forebodes trouble. Concentrating on the nature described in the story can greatly reveal the characters' emotions.
Nelly (Ellen) Dean
Nelly (Ellen) Dean acts as a messenger, an angel, between heaven and hell: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. She has been protective, a guardian angel over Catherine and has been distasteful of Heathcliff's personality. Nelly was also pushing for Catherine and young Catherine to be in Thrushcross Grange, heaven, which was a more safer and courteous place.
Catherine Earnshaw
Penistone Crag is an unusual formation. Consisting of a rock erected from a hillside, underneath is actually a place called "fairy cave." Penistone Crag suggests sexual symbolism, in which the stone is represented as male dominance and superiority, seen through Heathcliff and Hindley. Likewise, Catherine has a burning desire to go to the Crags, even asking "Am I old enough to go to the Crags?" Thus, Penistone Crags represents sexual maturity, temptation, wild desires, and lust.
Catherine Earnshaw represents a great controversy: the conflict between right and wrong. She loves Heathcliff, going as far as saying that they share the same soul, and she yearns to be free. She struggles between order and disorder, reform and carelessness, civilization and freedom. Catherine represents the individual, the human soul, who is struggling between two polar opposite lovers.
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