This is clear at the beginning of the book when Cathy and Heathcliff sneak up to The Grange, it is obvious that they are not supposed to be there, and a bulldog is set upon them when the alarm is raised. On the other hand Cathy and Heathcliff and are free to go onto the moors when they choose at Wuthering Heights. There are less boundaries there prefab house
, and the moors represent the freedom that the two had, whereas when Cathy spent time at the Grange she became more restrained. Also, at Wuthering Heights windows are often being thrown open. For example when Heathcliff looks for Cathy’s ghost he opens the window and shouts for her. This kind of act only happens at the Grange with Cathy. She is someone that links the opposite images of the Heights and The Grange by throwing open a window at the height of her fever; she is breaking the boundaries of The Grange-something that she could do at her will as a child at Wuthering Heights. The windows are a symbol for the freedom and unrestricted life that Cathy and Heathcliff lived when they were young.
To conclude it is evident that Ibsen focused greatly on heavy symbolism to portray his message, the House and the Christmas tree being good examples. This implies that “A Doll’s House” had a very clear purpose of informing the audience on the social trends of the time, emphasized also by the use of the Classical Unities. “Wuthering Heights” differs in that it is an epic and at times melodramatic novel, and so does not immediately strike the audience as a piece of social commentary. However it certainly is, and would have been truly shocking to a Victorian reader just as “A Doll’s House” was to the Victorian audience.
The messages coincide: that social standing should not overtake the real and lasting things in life, something that would have been a hard truth for many Victorians of the time and so is a testament to the container house
challenges presented by both pieces. In terms of setting, both in physicality and time, the writers use it as a constant vehicle for ideas such as boundaries, gender, expectation and class. It is a centre point for “A Doll’s house” and “Wuthering Heights” in development of character as Nora and the old Cathy go through dramatic change because of their setting. As well as this, the differences in time span allow for portrayals of change that are very different but equally striking, significant because of the importance of dramatic change in both pieces.