Death appears as a personified figure in Troy’s fanciful tales about wrestling with death and buying furniture from the devil. Troy’s typically stubborn sense of manhood and strength largely derives from his relationship with death. Having beaten all the obstacles thrown at him in his early years and survived, Troy props up his sense of self-worth and accomplishment through personifying death into a tangible form he’s proactively and successfully fended off. Further, by rendering death or the forces of destruction into a person (the grim reaper and the devil), Troy gives the unpredictability and mystery of death a concrete form, and thereby attributes a kind of reason and discernible motive to the process of death. Death, for Troy, is therefore a force that personally tries to antagonize and destroy him. This personification provides a reason for the suffering of Troy’s past beyond its basis in racism, and the severe poverty into which it landed him; it gives a higher purpose to what, in reality, boils down to a corrupt society and a childhood made difficult by abusive and unloving parents. “Mr. Death,” therefore, resembles the fence, since its invention helps Troy fence-off the harsher reality that’s largely cheated him in life.


Lockwood’s first visit to Wuthering Heights reveals an important clue about his character. Lockwood completely misjudges Heathcliff. When he first meets his landlord, Lockwood says of Heathcliff, ‘A capital fellow! He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name.’ All the clues are there: Lockwood’s own description contains clues about Heathcliff’s dark and guarded nature, yet Lockwood takes an instant liking to Heathcliff.

Not only is Lockwood depicted as a poor judge of the character of others, but he is also not very self-aware. Lockwood views himself as desirous of solitude, describing his new accommodations as ‘A perfect misanthropist’s heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us.’ This statement later proves to be false as Lockwood is shown virtually clinging to Nelly Dean to alleviate his isolation.

On his second visit to Wuthering Heights, Lockwood gets a better sense of its strange inhabitants. Stranded at Heathcliff’s home during a snow storm, Lockwood finds his host anything but hospitable. Zillah, one of Heathcliff’s servants, escorts Lockwood to a bedroom. In the bedroom, Lockwood first encounters the name of Catherine as he peruses her books. Later in the night, he experiences a nightmare or a ghostly vision, which elicits an odd response from Heathcliff. Heathcliff begs the ghost to enter Lockwood’s bedroom – a plea that Lockwood does not understand at all. The next day, Heathcliff agrees to guide Lockwood back to the Grange, and Lockwood is more than happy to leave Wuthering Heights at last.


Character of lockwood

Lockwood’s narration forms a frame around Nelly’s; he serves as an intermediary between Nelly and the reader. A somewhat vain and presumptuous gentleman, he deals very clumsily with the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights. Lockwood comes from a more domesticated region of England, and he finds himself at a loss when he witnesses the strange household’s disregard for the social conventions that have always structured his world. As a narrator, his vanity and unfamiliarity with the story occasionally lead him to misunderstand events.



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