Wuthering Heights Nelly Essay

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Nelly. More than a servant! Why was Nelly the narrator? In the book Wuthering Heights, the author, Emily Bronte, made Nelly a servant who lives most of her life with Catherine the narrator. Many have questioned why Bronte would do so, and they have valid reasons such as : Why didn't she choose someone with more knowledge, or why didn't they choose a major character like Heathcliff or Catherine? I believe that the choice to make Nelly the narrator is what makes the book so great, and how the story is told, she is one who qualifies most to be the narrator.This book is very much about love and hate, but Nelly is one who is totally un-opinionated about by the characters. She was like a mother figure; always there for everybody, and listened to them. That is what made her a good narrator because she always knew how everyone felt. She lived At Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange all her life, and experienced the first and second generation, therefore she knew exactly what went on. If Heathcliff was the narrator, you wouldn't know how Isabella or Edgar felt; due to their lack of communication or friendship. Although Heathcliff's opinion are valuable; Nelly's knowledge is more valuable because she got along with and talked to everybody.Nelly never really had a life of her own because she lived at Wuthering Heights all her life. Therefore, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange was her life. Nelly was more than a servant, and had a personal relationship with most of the characters,which is why her story is so efficient, and her lack of knowledge not as important. She really loved them, and she shows it when she says, "I kissed Hareton good-bye; and since then he has been a stranger: and it's queer to think it, but I've no doubt he has completely forgotten all about Ellen Dean, and that he was ever more than all the world to her and she to him!" (Wuthering Heights Pg. 81) Hareton probably doesn't remember her, but that shows the lack of appreciation everyone had for her. No one praised her like Heathcliff and Edgar praised Catherine, but no one hated her like Hindly hated Heathcliff. In fact, she's the "middle man" that makes the transition from Wuthering Heights to Thrushcross Grange so smooth. If she had not been the narrator we wouldn't know what went on at Thrushcross Grange. Nelly manages to know what went on at Wuthering Heights because of her good relationship with everyone. So even though Nelly is not present there, she still has the capabilities to know what's going on.There really isn't a mother figure in the story, but Nelly's role sure imply that she's the mother. It's odd that every time a lad is born, the mother died during the birth, which led to...

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