Wuthering Heights, a classic, gothic novel delineates a setting that appeals to the subtle and authentic storytelling technique. Emily Bronte, the author of the novel, makes ample references to landscape and setting to not only illustrate her story, but to also add emphasis on the characters by conveying ideas of their attitudes and emotions. They tie to different settings throughout the book. The two estates situated on the moors not only house the characters, but also represent the different values within their minds. The characters are constantly sauntering between the moors and the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Their behaviors and actions change depending on where they live making it easy to differentiate between the felicitous and the pernicious characters. The setting proves to be the most important component out of the themes and conflicts in the novel, when comprehending the main characters morals and intellectual pursuits.First and foremost, Wuthering Heights gives the general setting in which Bronte begins to establish the isolated atmosphere which penetrates every character at some point in the novel. The idea of the moors being an outcast sets the tone when Lockwood asserts that the moors are indeed a “misanthropist’s heaven” and describes it as “desolation” (p.5) which establishes the bleakness of the moors. Lockwood brings this up so early on, that it becomes a key focus throughout the novel. The setting of the moorland area creates a feeling that seems to appear away from civilization and rationalization from the rest of the world. It therefore creates a perfect setting for the strange and sometimes supernatural events which partake in Wuthering Heights. Emily makes the characters seem far away from social norms which would have prevented the characters from behaving in a different manner. Catherine and Heathcliff seem to find safety within the moors. In Catherine’s diary, it says that her “companion is impatient and proposes that we should appropriate the dairy woman’s cloak, and have a scamper on the moors, under its shelter” (p.53). This disrupts ones view of the estates, which typically shelters one from nature. Nonetheless, Heathcliff and Catherine use the moors as a shelter from the estates, which shoes how importance the untamed moors reflect their actions as the novel progresses. At this point, one already begins to understand Heathcliff’s and Catherine’s mindset, as they adopt the untamed nature as their home.No doubt the freedom first felt by Cathy and Heathcliff seems as if no expectations exist in the world. People are free to roam as they please, just like Catherine and Heathcliff did, showing that the moors connect to wilderness and independence. Catherine and Heathcliff used the moors as a place to traipse, a place to caper and a place where they could do whatever they desired without being evoked of their free and wild spirt-like souls. The moors are also how Catherine describes her love and relationship for both Edgar and Heathcliff. She loves them both in different ways, Catherine’s love for Edgar resembles “the foliage in the woods” (p.20) while her love for Heathcliff resembles “the eternal rocks beneath.” (p.25) She describes them in a way that makes them seem like they’re part of the moors. This shows that her love for Edgar may be there but does not make her heart endure such love compared to when she’s around Heathcliff. She states that she and Heathcliff “share the same soul” because of their similarities (p.30). Catherine’s strong and firm feelings with Heathcliff have grown through the year, which represents the rocks. When she first met Heathcliff, she spent all the time she could with him and they went exploring more as they learned to like each other. On the other hand, she loves Edgar Linton, but does not know if her love can stay strong for them to last. Her love for Edgar developed in a shorter amount of time making that the “foliage in the woods” (p.20).Meanwhile, Nelly describes Heathcliff as if he’s ‘hard as winestone” (p.45) to bring out the elemental quality of his character. This makes it sound like Heathcliff’s one with the moors and that his life stays within those grounds. It makes the moors a part of his character and without it, he wouldn’t be the same. Nelly also shows differences between Heathcliff and Edgar by describing Heathcliff as a “bleak, hilly coal country” (p.29) and Edgar as a “beautiful fertile valley” (p.31). These descriptions also show how they relate to the moors in that a hilly coal country shows that Heathcliff’s dark and overcast rough edges seethes his anger, while a beautiful valley shows a fair, mild-mannered Edgar that tolerates being a pushover. Wuthering Heights is not a home one would want to call their own. The houses name describes its character. Wuthering serves the purpose of something withering and dying, like the house. It’s elegant and liveliness died as the years progressed. The weather around the building continues to be stormy throughout the rest of the novel and the description of the outside of the house “Grotesque carving lavished over the front,” (p.72) adds to the gloomy atmospheric conditions. This also makes the house and its surrounding seem more on the un-welcoming side. The house designed to be miserable, unhappy, and sorrowful overcomes the characters. The moors are isolated and not many people live there or like to visit, because of the rasping, raucous and unappeasable sensation people get when they walk past it or even see it. The building’s even described as gloomy with a lack of hospitality and “Gaunt thorns that stretch their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun and domestic comforts: chairs lurk; meats hang from the ceiling; and the kitchen, like unwelcome guests, is forced to retreat altogether” (p.14). This shows that the building’s not kept very well in Heathcliff’s possession. It also shows how Heathcliff’s welcoming personality ceases to exist and that he possesses an impudent nature. The house set up describes Heathcliff and represents him as “The narrow windows are deeply set in the wall and the corners defended with large jutting stones” (p.44). The windows show his love for Catherine and because the windows are deeply set in the wall it shows that he doesn’t like to share any of his personal feelings with anyone. He confines them within himself.Thrushcross Grange by far represents refinement, cultivation, class and the calm before the storm. The calmness makes the house welcoming and it’s the place where Catherine aspires to become a “lady” and one where she connects on a social level because of a splendid house “rich with colors that seem to be a part of the lovely atmosphere with crimson-covered chairs”, “ceiling bordered by gold” (p. 33). As Catherine stays at Thrushcross Grange while her ankle gets better Mrs. Linton teachers her importance of being a lady through “social graces and classes.” She started out as an untamed, uncultured and free human and after she transformed into a classy, well-mannered person. However, the weather does change from robust to appalling. It starts to rain when Heathcliff shows up, and a storm appears when Edgar dies, summoning the darkness that awaits the people living at Thrushcross Grange.From here on, the weather represents the characters more each time. When the storm represents danger and uncertainty the daylight represents happiness and joyfulness. When Heathcliff disappears and sees a tree stuck by lightning the lightning illuminates his feelings. His feelings are powerful enough to hurt him, just like the lightning would do to the tree. When Catherine’s body gets buried, a storm is presented. This not only shows the grief Heathcliff feels but also strengthened the passionate love he had for her. Another storm shows Heathcliff’s thoughts when Catherine decides to marry Edgar. Heathcliff anger got the best of him at Cathy’s decision, causing the incompetent weather.Arguably, the themes, and conflicts in the novel also help one understand the characters. One important theme construes the nature of love throughout the novel. Every relationship at one point in the novel faces a hardship. Bronte’s exploration of love focuses around the idea of good vs. evil, which also applies to the context of love vs. hate. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine shows that their love goes beyond most peoples and that it seems to be born out of their rebellion. However, they both fully do not understand the depth of their love, causing them to betray one another and marry a person who they don’t love as much. Contrasting the ability to love shows the ability to hate. Heathcliff hates with a vengeance towards Hindley, Edgar, and then Catherine. These hate results to another theme of revenge. Revenge and hate intermix with greediness to unveil the conflicting emotion that drive people to do some of the things that aren’t particularly nice or practical. Although, the polarities between the themes and conflicts don’t make them the most important to understanding the characters, they’re still important and do uncover some of the emotions and actions present. Above all, many relevant assertions are made to show how by looking at the setting, one can tell how the characters appeal to the reader and what they will do throughout the book that gives them powerful minds. This one of a kind novel touches on all aspects of the setting through neat, thematic oppositions that balance the crazy actions of the characters that happen continuously throughout the book. The Heights sits exposed on a hilltop that proves to be stormy every time and Thrushcross Grange, being a calm and protected manor down in the valley, possess nothing but calmness until someone who’s indescribable shows up to make the weather sorrowful. One could certainly say that this book’s wuthering setting appeals to the wuthering characters in it.