Emily Bronte 's Wuthering Heights

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Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is told from a complicated point of view. The narrator of the past is Nelly Dean, while the present time narrator is Mr. Lockwood. Set as a story within a story, Nelly tells Lockwood an eyewitness account of her dealings with the Earnshaws and the Lintons, while Lockwood is the outsider who records in his diary Nelly’s stories of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. From the novel’s beginning, Lockwood proves himself to be objective, while Nelly is subjective as she is able to recall details from many years ago in order to tell the tale of Wuthering Heights. Lockwood’s curiosity brings the reader into the Emily Brontë’s world, but it is Nelly who is most reliable as she is the first hand witness to the two generations of Wuthering Heights. The novel begins with the first person narration by Lockwood, who is a sophisticated city gentleman, telling of his “inhospitable treatment” at Wuthering Heights (Brontë 7). To distance Lockwood from the novel’s characters, Brontë gives the reader no information about Mr. Lockwood other than he is Heathcliff’s curious tenant at Thrushcross Grange. Through Lockwood, the reader is warned that Heathcliff will “love and hate, equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again” (Brontë 6). Lockwood’s objective opinion allows Brontë to show that Heathcliff is a complex man. As an unwelcomed outsider, Heathcliff “wished no repetition of [Lockwood’s] intrusion”
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