When initially diving into a novel, it is common knowledge that there is an already preconceived agreement of trust that the reader instills in the story’s narrator. The reader virtually always relies on the narrator to illustrate the story in an honest unbiased manner, but the story teller in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights appears to break the chains of trust understood by the audience. The novel is heard through the keen ears of Mr. Lockwood who is being told the history of the Earnshaws, Heathcliff, and the Linton family by his housekeeper, Ellen Dean. Establishing herself as the primary narrator, Nelly reminisces upon her experiences at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. She fails to give Lockwood and ultimately the
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Nelly is raised among Catherine and Hindley due to her mother’s occupation as a servant of the Earnshaws. Disregarding the notion that young Nelly Dean is not his biological child, Mr. Earnshaw provides her with love which is nearly equivalent to that of his own children. On his course to Liverpool, Nelly states “He promised to bring me a pocketful of apples and pears” (Bronte 28). This act of kindness exhibits Nelly as an active member of the Earnshaw family. In conclusion her close tie to their household gives her the ability to pass judgment on Catherine, Hindley, and the adopted Heathcliff.
Nelly in her mind begins to harshly judge those who could be perceived as her brothers and sister. Consequently, her negative view on the Earnshaw children is the foundation that sets in motion the calamity of Wuthering Heights. In the novel, Hindley is not alone when it comes to detesting Heathcliff; Nelly Dean also expresses her intense loathing of him. She recalls one specific instance in which a young Hindley physically harms Heathcliff by launching a metal object at him. After the confrontation was over, Nelly says “I persuaded him easily to let me lay the blame of his bruises on the horse” (BronteCh.4). She further goes on to exercise her silver tongue on Heathcliff, preventing him from reporting his abuse to Mr.