Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

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“It is a tale of usurpation, revenge, and a devilish, preternatural passion that tamer beings can scarcely recognize as love.” (Duclaux) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is considered a masterpiece today, however when it was first published, it received negative criticism for its passionate nature. Critics have studied the novel from every analytical angle, yet it remains one of the most haunting love stories of all time. “Wuthering Heights is not a comfortable book; it invites admiration rather than love,” (Stoneman 1). The novel contains several different levels that force readers to ponder the text. It allows for individual interpretations of the novel. This makes the novel such a popular book to read. Wuthering Heights is a Gothic…show more content…
Lockwood writes most of the narrative in Nelly’s voice, describing how Nelly had told it to him. The narration focuses on what Nelly saw, heard, or what she had found out about indirectly. Nelly’s shares comments on what the other characters think and feel and what motivates them. These comments are based on her own interpretation on these characters, not on what those characters told her directly. Nelly is not only a narrator of the story, but she participates in events she tells Lockwood so she is not an omniscient character. Many times, the outcome depends on Nelly’s behavior and attitude towards each situation, therefore making her narration biased. In telling the story to Lockwood, Nelly wants him to have the same attitudes towards the characters as she does. She wants him to dislike Catherine and blame her for all the hostile treatment that happens in the novel. Nelly calls Catherine selfish, haughty, headstrong and arrogant, and is not afraid to hide her true feelings on the matters. She worries that Young Catherine would become a clone of her mother. Nelly’s narration is very biased, as she openly dislikes Catherine because of her jealousy towards her. An example of Nelly’s open hatred toward Catherine is when Catherine fainted. Nelly had hoped that Catherine was dead. She said, “Far better that she should be dead, than lingering a burden and a misery-maker to all about her,” (Brontë 202). By Nelly’s biased

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