First Person Narration in Remains of the Day and Wuthering Heights

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First Person Narration in Remains of the Day and Wuthering Heights

The primary similarity between these novels is the use of a framing device which introduces the main plot. However these have different purposes and affects in each novel, in Remains of the Day the framing of Stevens journey serves as a setting the scene for the novel as it starts with a date and the setting of Darlington Hall which is introduced in the prologue. It also partly introduces us to the characters of Stevens and Mr Darlington particularly through the language used by Stevens

"It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days" this is the first meeting with Stevens
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This has an impact on the main character Stevens "I shall be in a position to pleasantly surprise him" as it is suggested that the moral has had an impact on Stevens and will turn his life around.

In both novels there are 'grounding' characters, Lockwood and Stevens to some degree who break up blocks of narration of the past and narrate present time, having the effect of giving the reader a break and breaking up events into manageable sections, these breaks are an interesting device by the writers at getting the reader to carry on in the gradual unfolding of the novels, which is common in both as the reader has to piece together the information given to produce an understanding of what happened and the emotions or reasons around it.
In Remains of the Day this gradual revealing of the past is less complex given the small number of characters where the main emphasis is on why Stevens has brought something up and his feelings about it.
This technique lets the reader know what Stevens is thinking and why he has placed significance on certain aspects, particularly with Miss
Kenton. Alternatively in Wuthering Heights has a large number of characters and is effectively two novels in one as two

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