Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean are opposites in almost every way. A bit of a dandy and unaccustomed to the “grim and taciturn” inhabitants of Wuthering Heights, he is a sophisticated and sentimental outsider to the “ill-tempered” Earnshaws. She, however, is a shrewd, self-educated servant and has been with these families for most of her life.
To what extent do we accept Nelly’s point of view as narrator? Is her conventionality necessarily wrong or limited? Is it a valid point of view, though one perhaps which cannot understand or accommodate the wild behavior she encounters?
Does she represent normalcy? Is she a norm against which to judge the behavior of the other characters? How much does she contribute, whether unintentionally, semi-consciously, or deliberately, to the disasters which engulf her employers?
To what extent is Nelly admirable? Is she superior to the other servants, as she suggests, or is she deluded by vanity?
Is she genuinely attached to the Earnshaws and Lintons or is she selfishly detached from, even a bit jealous of, their social positions clearly above her own?
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