Heathcliff Vs Nelly Dean

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The story in Emily Bronte 's gothic novel, Wuthering Heights, is told from the perspectives of Catherine’s servant, Nelly Dean, and tenant of Thrushcross Grange, Mr. Lockwood. These two characters give the reader descriptive and potentially biased accounts of events throughout the story. As the reader comes to their own conclusions about their opinions of the characters traits and personalities, the basis of this information relies on the beliefs of two unreliable narrators. Nelly Dean envies Catherine and feels mistreated by both her and Heathcliff. Mr. Lockwood arrives at Wuthering Heights after the drama regarding Catherine and Heathcliff occurred, thus missing out on key events only recounted to him by Nelly. Wuthering Heights can also be…show more content…
Coming from a tumultuous and difficult childhood, he has developed traits of solemn and antisocial natures. His undying love for Catherine causes intolerable pain spanning from his youth until the day he dies. Catherine’s obsession with social status and her superficial nature causes her to be in a limbo between choosing to love Heathcliff or Edgar Linton. One day in the midst of an emotional conversation between Nelly and Catherine, Heathcliff hears a snippet of what they are talking about. Catherine hisses, “It would degrade me to love Heathcliff...so he shall never know how I love him”, and Heathcliff cannot believe his ears (59). After years of friendship and flirtation, Catherine decides that he is not sufficient for her, thus, breaking Heathcliff’s heart. A tidal wave of rage and fervor washes over him as he replays the words in his head, trying to comprehend. Shifting his body weight to his right side, the floorboard beneath Heathcliff creaks, causing Nelly to turn and catch a glimpse of him before he slips away. As quickly as Catherine broke his heart, Heathcliff runs, in a feeble attempt to escape this gnawing feeling of rejection. Years of happy memories between the lovers flash before his eyes. As he sprints past Thrushcross Grange, Heathcliff can only curse its resident, Edgar, for charming his dear Catherine. A few years pass and Heathcliff learns of the marriage between Catherine and
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