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Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

Character Analysis Ellen (Nelly) Dean

Nelly serves as both outsider and insider as she narrates the primary story of Wuthering Heights. Although she does not exhibit the extreme lengths of cruelty shown by Heathcliff and Catherine, Nelly often is an instigator who enjoys the conflict around her. Nelly can be seen as a combination of Heathcliff's cruelty and Catherine's self-centeredness.