Wuthering Heights comparison Engleby and the Great Gatsby

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When the reader is initially introduced to Lockwood, complex lexical choices such as ‘misanthropist’s’ not only raise the tenor of his narration, but also presents him as quite opinionated and subjective. As the narration continues, declaratives such as ‘[Heathcliff] had an aversion to showy displays of feelings’ followed by ‘I no longer felt inclined to call Heathcliff a capital fellow’, highlight Lockwood’s indecisiveness and suggest that the reader cannot trust his judgement as he is himself unsure of what he thinks and says. The use of the first person singular pronoun highlights how this is only Lockwood’s opinion, which is similar to the narrator in Engleby who uses the first person pronoun right from the very beginning of the novel, suggesting that his views of the university being ‘ancient’ are purely his own and cannot be generalised. The narrator in Restoration also uses the first person pronoun ‘I’, and in this case it presents the narrator as quite pompous and gives the narration a lofty tone. Similar to Lockwood, the narrator in Restoration uses unnecessarily complex lexis to talk about uncomplicated issues, such as ‘The messy constellations’ and ‘rubicund and damp’. In addition, in Heller’s Notes on a Scandal, complex lexical choices including pre-modifying adjectives like ‘dishevelled up-dos’ increase the tenor of the text just like in Wuthering Heights and present the narrator as hugely opinionated, being critical about everything just to make herself feel better.

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Furthermore, the narration in Wuthering Heights is also presented as quite unreliable through declaratives such as ‘for I hardly knew what to hide, and what to reveal’. This shows how Nelly is deceiving the characters in the novel, and the coordinating conjunction ‘and’ furthers this unreliability. Nelly’s action in hiding things from another character could be considered similar to the narrator in Engleby, who says ‘My memory’s odd like that’. The use of the non-standard declarative, couple with the use of the contraction lowers the tenor of his speech and at the same time presents him as possibly quite ...

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