Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - Frame Narrative

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Wuthering Heights: Frame Narrative

Frame narrative is described as a story within a story. In each frame, a different individual is narrating the events of the story. There are two main frames in the novel Wuthering Heights. The first is an overlook provided by Mr. Lockwood, and the second is the most important. It is provided by Nelly Dean, who tells the story from a first-person perspective, and depicts the events that occur through her life at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

Nelly Dean is a native of the moors and has lived all her life with the characters whose story she tells.
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She was blessed to be an extraneous element in the story, which gives her the ability to live at either Wuthering Heights or Thrushcross Grange. This ability proves to be useful when she must move to the Grange with the first Catherine after her marriage to Edgar Linton. Throughout the story she creates an intimate relationship with all the main characters, whether a nurse, housekeeper or servant, she manages to produce an emotional link of friendship with these characters. One of the most obvious examples of this is when Heathcliff tells her, near the end, that she is the only person he feels comfortable speaking with, saying that the pressure within his mind is, “so eternally secluded in itself”.

As a person of dignity, Nelly keeps secrets; as a nurse or servant, she reveals any unnatural or wrong acts. As a witness, she must take part in every scene of the book. We become familiar with her interference from when she admits putting young Heathcliff on the landing, to encouraging him to run away. One of the most symbolic instances of her interference is when she interweaves Heathcliff and Edgar’s hair for Catherine’s locket.

Indeed, I shouldn’t have discovered that he had been there, except for the disarrangement of the drapery about the corpse’s face, and for observing on the floor a curl of light
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