Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 2

Mr. Lockwood gets to Wuthering Heights when it is about to snow. Mr. Lockwood gets to a gate knocks and receives no response. He jumps over the barrier and approaches the door of which he knocked and received no reply. Shortly A young man called Hareton opened the door and led Mr. Lockwood to the Kitchen where Mrs. Heathcliff Catherine was.  Heathcliff appeared bad-natured according to Mr. Lockwood observation. After discussions with Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood takes his leave he denied accommodation. With the pounding snow and darkness, Mr. Lockwood carried a lantern to get his way back. Joseph, the servant, beckoned dogs to attack Mr. Lockwood thinking he had stolen the light. Mr. Lockwood was later given accommodation for the night in a haunted ghost room. He spent a night in Wuthering Heights. Mr. Lockwood is introduced to the test of evil, attack by a dog, unfriendly hosts and just a different culture from his own.


Visitors in the medieval days were used to a certain accommodative culture that dictated hospitality. Guest had expectations based on culture and people's norms. Wuthering Heights is a Victorian creation people are supposed to be hospitable and cultured in Mr. Lockwood's mind. Mr. Lockwood introduced to a new culture of violence, lack of civility and greed. Mr. Lockwood became interested and involved in the life in Wuthering Heights. Locked gates implied people are not welcome. It is a closed society. Mr. Lockwood approach of jumping above the gate shows how the community is unfriendly and individualistic. Locked gates may also mean insecurity in the city. Climbing over the barrier by Mr. Lockwood may imply intrusion into the life of the people of Wuthering Heights.

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