Emily Bronte's Writing Technique in Wuthering Heights

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Emily Bronte's Writing Technique in Wuthering Heights

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A very complex element of Emily Bronte's writing technique is the narrative style she uses when alternating between the two characters of Nelly Dean and Lockwood. Wuthering Heights is a story told through eye witness accounts, first through Lockwood, followed by Nelly. Lockwood's responsibility is shaping the framework of the novel wheras Nelly provides the intricate recount of the personal lives of all the characters having been present first hand. Although, each character does have a different emotion and style.

Having lived through all the action and conflict between the Linton's and Edgar's, and being personally invovled, it can be argued Nelly's narrative is more dramtised. She has been immersed in the intimate affairs of the two rival families her entire life. It is perfectly understandable as to why she is so invovled. At times she encourages relationships,and disapproves of others. She endulges in the romance, firstly, with the love triange between Catherine, Edgar, and Heathcliff, then with Little Cathy and Linton. She supports the love between Catherine and Heathcliff but at other times discourages it when she presents Edgar as a better choice. Then, for quite some time she kept the secret romance between Cathy and Linton a secret from her father only to betray her and inform her father of the affair. She has a very meddlesome nature.

Lockwood's narrative is unbiased. He introduces the reader from the outsider's point of view which creates a mysteriousness about Wuthering Heights and allows the reader to understand the feeling of hostility and conflict. Like Lockwood, the reader is immersed in this unknown place with no understanding of the events that have previously transpired and with Lockwood, the reader disovers the shocking history of Wuthering Heights through Nelly Dean's narration. He is a gentleman from the city who has accidentally stumbled upon this fascinating and intricate world of what he considers to be uncivilized or...

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