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Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean as the two narrators of "Wuthering Heights".

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Two Narrators In Wuthering Heights, the two main narrators are Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean. I believe that both are important not only as narrators but as characters in the novel. Emily Brontë might have chosen them as narrators because of the output that their characters bring to the novel and because of the way they view the other characters as well. Lockwood is a tenant at Thrushcross Grange, owned by Heathcliff. We are first introduced to Lockwood in the first chapter, when he goes to Wuthering Heights. He is a slightly arrogant man because of his different social status and he does not know how to handle Wuthering Heights’ inhabitants due to the differences in their personalities. Inasmuch as he is unfamiliar with them, he often misreads events and personalities. He is a cultured man and is very polite with Heathcliff, hence disapproving when Heathcliff does not shake his hand. ...read more.

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by the inhabitants in the Heights since he is unfamiliar with their stories, he has not grown up with them, he just passes by. He is an incentive for Ellen to narrate the story of young Catherine and Heathcliff. He thinks to himself, ?Oh, I?ll turn the talk on my landlord?s family!? and so we see Nelly?s narration to Lockwood begin. On the other hand, Ellen Dean, otherwise known as Nelly, is the housekeeper at Wuthering Heights, ?I ran errands too? and is the principal narrator. Being the housekeeper at Wuthering Heights brings advantages to being the main narrator of the novel, she knows every inhabitant at Wuthering Heights very well and is a witness of various events in the novel. Lockwood?s first impressions of Nelly are that she is a righteous woman, a woman you can rely on. The way that Lockwood describes her makes the reader trust her, hence being certain that her narration will be correct and well-founded. ...read more.

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It is important that Ellen is a down-to-earth character because that way she brings a level of balance to the novel. Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw both have such a wild and passionate nature, that there needed to be someone there to pull them back to earth when they became too impulsive. At one point, Catherine believes that she can help Heathcliff, ?[...] if I marry Linton I can aid Heathcliff to rise?, she thinks that way, she will be able to set him free of Hindley?s tyranny. In conclusion, I find that both narrators bring something good to the novel. Lockwood, even though he misunderstands events, is an outsider and hence, less biased in his narration. Due to the fact that he is an outsider and does not know the inhabitants? story, Nelly narrates the past to him and we are able to understand how live at Wuthering Heights worked. They both facilitate the readers to look into the lives of those in Wuthering Heights. ...read more.

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