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Bronts novel seems to contain all the typical traditional Victorian social values and divisions such as the master of the house with servants below him and so on Social distinctions were very much more marked and rigidly respected We first glimpse what Bront might think of social stereotypes and divisions right at the start of the book through Lockwood and later through other narrators such as Nelly Dean Lockwood is seen as the epitome of Victorian social values and ideals he is a normal Victorian gentleman an agreeable but shallow character He is perhaps a sketchy attempt to portray a sophisticated townie He is a well meaning but rather confused and superficial person who is naive but also shows signs of maturity and intelligence inspite of moments of conceit Lockwood is an honest narrator with no hidden agenda his ordinariness like Nelly contributes to the credibility of the events he is caught up in and hears of Lockwood is used by Bront to show what Victorians would think of what they saw or heard using their social values Right from the beginning of the book Lockwood tries to place Wuthering Heights into his own conceptions of what society should be he tries to put people in boxes to label them to socially stereotype them Bront makes a fool of Lockwood perhaps showing that she disagrees with the idea of placing people in moulds Lockwood views Wuthering Heights as a fairly unfriendly place and his narrative of the place and the people in it suggests strangeness conflict and perhaps the abuse of physical and social power This is clear from Heathcliffs obvious suspicion of strangers He evidently wished no repetition of my intrusion It is astonishing how sociable I feel myself compared with him It is also made clear from Josephs sour aloofness and in the aggressive manner of the dogs The description of the
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