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Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights is praised and celebrated for many reasons including for its unique narrative style It is told by Mr Lockwood the current tenant of Thrushcross Grange who commissions his housekeeper Nelly Dean to tell him the story of his neighbours at Wuthering Heights He records her stories in his diary which forms the great majority of the novel While Nelly Dean and Lockwood are the principal narrators there are brief interruptions by other characters including Isabella Zillah and Joseph With this narrative style employed by Bronte in the novel some special dangers and disadvantages inevitably emerge The story is told often at second or third hand by Nelly and her accuracy in recalling dialogue from the past is questionable both narrators possess biases and limitations and finally the story is recounted out of chronological order and consists of stories within stories There are also advantages to this notably that this intricate style provokes interest as well as evokes suspense in the novel It is seen that the story is never directly narrated through the perspective of a participant in the novel Instead it is told in diary entries and recorded memories of conversation often at second or third hand When Nelly Dean recounts the story of Wuthering Heights to Lockwood she is recalling conversations from many years ago It seems improbable that she should recall these dialogues verbatim after a period of almost twenty three years and perhaps she may have embellished or replaced forgotten dialogue with her own ideas to follow my story in true gossips fashion I had better go on and instead of leaping three years I will be content to pass to the next summer - the summer of 1778 that is nearly twenty three years ago The reader may question the accuracy of Nellys narration because it is natural that she might contrive and incorporate some of her own
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