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Essay on RainyDay Relationships Use of Weather in Wuthering Heights

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RainyDay Relationships Use of Weather at Wuthering Heights In Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, numerous references are made to different states of weather. Even the title of this novel suggests the storminess present in nearly the whole publication. The often-changing weather serves to signify the characters' characters, as well as the changes that they go through during the course of their own lives. In actuality, the first incidence of a reference has been made into the weather occurs with a thought of Mr. Lockwood. "Wuthering being a significant provincial adjective," he says, "descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather" (46). Because Wuthering Heights was built onto the moors, wind stinks during storms. Now, Lockwood knows little about Heathcliff, but the importance of the home's name will become more clear to him later in the publication. After getting settled in his new house in Thrushcross Grange, Lockwood decides to pay a visit to Heathcliff. He arrives at the house just as snow is starting to drop and observes the yard. "On that bleak hilltop," he notes, "the earth was hard with a black frost, and the air made me shiver through every limb" (51). While it was chilly at his own home, it seems even colder here, and the weather is beginning to get worse. It isn't even until he's at the gate of Wuthering Heights that the snow begins to fall. As will later be shown, the earth in Wuthering Heights is as cold and hard as Heathcliff's heart. He supplies Lockwood with little food or comforts at his birth and does not try to be a gracious host. It is only with a great deal of gruffness that he decides to allow Lockwood to spend the night at his house until he can go home the following morning. This is one of the first indications of Heathcliff's lack of empathy for the rest of humanity. The next day, Heathcliff offers to accompany Lockwood on his way back home, explaining that he will not be able to find the way by himself. While Lockwood believed he'd have the ability to find his way home based on stones sticking up across the road, he finds the hills to be "one billowy, white ocean; the swells and falls...blotted out of the chart which my yesterday's walk left pictured in my head" (72-3). The long, winding route closest to Wuthering Heights is considerably tougher...

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