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Bronts novel seems to contain all the typicaltraditional Victorian social values and divisions suchas the master of the house with servants below him andso on Social distinctions were very much more markedand rigidly respected We first glimpse what Brontmight think of social stereotypes and divisions rightat the start of the book through Lockwood and laterthrough other narrators such as Nelly Dean Lockwood is seen as the epitome of Victorian socialvalues and ideals he is a normal Victorian gentlemanan agreeable but shallow character He is perhaps asketchy attempt to portray a sophisticated townie Heis a well meaning but rather confused and superficialperson who is naive but also shows signs of maturityand intelligence inspite of moments of conceitLockwood is an honest narrator with no hidden agendahis ordinariness like Nelly contributes to thecredibility of the events he is caught up in and hearsof Lockwood is used by Bront to show what Victorianswould think of what they saw or heard using theirsocial values Right from the beginning of the bookLockwood tries to place Wuthering Heights into his ownconceptions of what society should be he tries to putpeople in boxes to label them to socially stereotypethem Bront makes a fool of Lockwood perhaps showingthat she disagrees with the idea of placing people in Lockwood views Wuthering Heights as a fairlyunfriendly place and his narrative of the place andthe people in it suggests strangeness conflict andperhaps the abuse of physical and social power Thisis clear from Heathcliffs obvious suspicion of He evidently wished no repetition of my intrusionIt is astonishing how sociable I feel myself compared It is also made clear from Josephs sour aloofnessand in the aggressive manner of the dogs Thedescription of the whole place makes it seem a veryunfriendly and cold dwelling However Lockwood alsosees a parallel to this strangeness in seeing what isordinary familiar and friendly such as the unseenkitchen and the carefully described dresser Lockwoodhas various Victorian preconceptions of social classand places Wuthering Heights within these
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