The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Saturday, 22 September 2012

W.H- fragmentation

Multiple narrators:
The construction of multiple narrators causing framing in Wuthering Heights fragments the text, making it complex and prolix, therefore makes it hard for readers to follow and understand the story. There are various implications for which Bronté uses this. The complexity of a polyphonic text forces the reader to piece together fragments of information and make judgements about the characters for themselves. The use of framing provides subjective narrations and obfuscates the real 'truth' from the readers which may create a sense of uncertainty about the narration. However, it gives the reader multiple view points making it more interesting and allowing them unto the diegesis of the story. Also, the fact that the 'truth' gets distorted through all the sources of Nelly and recorded by Lockwood adds a sense of realism as the lack of impartiality and complexity is totally believable. 

Lockwood as a narrator:
 Lockwood is a self-indulgent, unreliable and subjective narrator as he focuses too much on himself, misinterprets relationships and characters and allows his views on others affect the way characters come across to the reader. We can see this from the very first paragraph of the story. Although, it is the first time he meets Heathcliff, he judges him immediately as describes him to ''beheld his black eyes...with a jealous resolution''. The purpose of Bronté representing Lockwood as a narrator who allows his feelings towards characters affect his writing too much, is to warn the reader that he is in fact an unreliable narrator; therefore should not believe everything that is said.

-do the questions on the sheet
-read, highlight and summarise under each heading (Lockwood's part in the summer holiday revision pack)
-read chapter two

What I found out about Nelly's narration in Chapter four: 
Nelly repeatedly specifies Heathcliff using an impersonal pronoun of "it" which suggests that she could also be an unreliable narrator. Her lack of sympathy and possible dislike towards Heathcliff to be a "dirty ragged black- hair child". This implies that she might let her bias views alter the 'truth' fail to be our source of Heathcliff's history. 



  1. Good recap of the lesson Lisa. I found the 'Lockwood - a suitable guide?' sheet very helpful as it clearly explained ideas I had but found difficult to explain. I feel the 'failure to interpret' section useful as it included the technique of narrative gaps, which could be useful for later lessons.

  2. Very well summed up Lisa, I enjoyed learning about the different narrators of Wuthering Heights. I found that although Lockwood proves to be a complex yet boring narrator, his use of gaps and fragmentation presents his story telling as rather interesting and equally gripping. His character is definitely what contributes to most of this, and we could argue that the novel is as much about his journey as the discovery of the past at the moors.

  3. thanks for helping with objective and subjective as i was getting a bit confused, and this helped me loads with homework,i disagree with what you say about what Bronte is telling us with lockwoods feelings affecting his writing, i think it is to make it feel more real, and give us a view that we might get of heathcliff if we had met him ,instead of blindly believing what Nelly tells us.


  4. The multiple narrators in Wuthering Heights dont do anything to make the story easier to understand. The constant framing results in different narrators focusing on different aspects of the story. Due to this, I've learnt that information being passed down can be lost or distorted.


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