Why “Wuthering Heights”?

Why do you think Emily Bronte’s book is titled “Wuthering Heights” and not something that refers more to the characters, like “Heathcliff” or “Heathcliff and Cathy” or “Some Undying Love” or something similar? How much does the physical setting — the geography of the moors, the estates of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange — matter to the novel?

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2 responses to “Why “Wuthering Heights”?

  1. Wuthering describes a wind that blows strongly and makes a loud roaring sound. I think the title was chosen, along with many other elements in the story, to embellish the sinister Gothic atmosphere of the novel’s setting. This isn’t sun-splashed Florida or southern California. This place is the porch to the gates of Hell.

    The title also mirrors the tempestuous emotions and actions of certain characters that engulf the Heights generation after generation, even after they are long dead.

    A wonderful title whose mystery only adds to the brilliance of the story.

  2. The novel is titled Wuthering Heights because the setting is an integral part of the story. For instance, as noted by vincereardon ‘This place is the porch to the gates of hell’. The Grange in contrast is relatively more normal a place but thats just the point. Its the wildness/wilderness of the moors, the dilapidated heights, the darkness and gloom of the heights that makes the story what it is. Its the one constant factor in all the madness and vengeance that ensues from one generation to another.

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