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Refer to chapter one of Wuthering Heights and comment on how Bronte introduces her reader to the novel You should comment on Setting and atmosphere created Characters and how they interact Use of language Perhaps the first thing to strike the reader is the strength clarity and forthright manner of Emily Brontes narrative method The description of Lockwood and Heathcliff is lucid and deft the writer establishing their personalities with a scrap of dialogue and imaginative detail These narrative elements suggesting strangeness conflict the use of physical and social power are both explicit and implicit They are explicit in Heathcliffs suspicion of strangers in Josephs sour aloofness in the aggressive guard-dogs They are implicit in the nature of Wuthering Heights itself its brutally exposed site its sombre atmosphere suggesting even at this early stage in the story the possibility of dreadful happenings The symbolism of the house reflects and reinforces the violent attitudes of the creatures it harbours Lockwood narrates the first section of the novel and the readers first impression of him is a suspicious one His language is so very formal and verbose I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possibleto express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you This from the start then creates a distance between the reader and Lockwood The reader finds it hard to relate to such a formal character early on and there is instantly a barrier formed because of this Heathcliff has a very similar reaction Even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words There is a physical barrier here the gate but metaphorically there is also a barrier between Lockwood and Heathcliff although Lockwood is slow to see this Mr Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair and describing him as A capital fellow The way in which Lockwood describes Heathcliff may leave the reader slightly perplexed Even the language Lockwood uses
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