Contrast Between Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights: Description & Quotes

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 A House is Not a Home
  • 1:18 The Earnshaw Family
  • 2:03 The Linton Family
  • 2:36 When Houses Collide
  • 3:41 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Ian Matthews

Ian teaches college writing and has a Master's in Writing and Publishing

The twin houses of Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights,' Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, could not be more different. The differences in these two estates parallels the differences between the inhabitants of each. Let's take a look at the contrast between these two domiciles.

A House Is Not a Home

The differences between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange start with the houses' appearance and surroundings.

The stark and cold Wuthering Heights sits at the top of a hill surrounded by wind-bent trees and thorny grass. The house is built to match, with stocky, imposing construction and narrow windows (which are never lit up with the light of a nice fire in the fireplace) set deep into the walls. It's not super inviting. The weather on the hill is frequently terrible, and when Lockwood arrives there at the beginning of the book, the house seems at least a little bit haunted. The mood of the folks that live at Wuthering Heights is as dour as the weather, no matter what's going on.

The warm and inviting Thrushcross Grange in its heyday, is the polar opposite of Wuthering Heights. It's four miles away from Wuthering Heights, down in a valley where the weather isn't so harsh. It's comforting, calm, and welcoming -- the windows and doors are often open to the outside, and it's well-lit by sunlight and by fires at night. Heathcliff describes it as 'a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass-drops hanging in silver chains from the centre, and shimmering with little soft tapers.' It's fancy.

The Earnshaw Family

The Earnshaw family are the owners of Wuthering Heights. Throughout the novel, they have a really rough time -- Mr. Earnshaw, father of Hindley and Catherine Earnshaw, brings Heathcliff home and is somewhat neglectful toward his actual children in favor of Heathcliff. Hindley, in turn, is abusive toward Heathcliff (doubly so after Hindley's wife dies), and Heathcliff pays him back by abusing Hindley's son Hareton. Catherine dies of a fever after being caught between two loves.

The Earnshaw family reflect their surroundings. They don't like outsiders so much and the house is unwelcoming. Also, just as they are separated physically in distance and appearance from Thrushcross Grange, the Earnshaws are separated from other people by class, as well.

The Linton Family

As Wuthering Heights reflects its owners, so does Thrushcross Grange. The Linton family are the symbol of the upper class. Their house is welcoming to people of equal social status (so Heathcliff is right out), and it looks the part with its warmth and its open windows.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support