Compare and contrast Heathcliff and Lockwood. Does Lockwood’s impression of Heathcliff change by the time he leaves Wuthering Heights?
The two characters Heathcliff and Lockwood are definitely set against each other in Wuthering Heights, and, at first glance, do have some compelling comparisons. Both are outsiders to the bleak world of the moors and both appear to like the solitude and want to reject human contact. This is the first impression that Lockwood has of Heathcliff - this impression is so strong, in fact, that it compels Lockwood to get to know Heathcliff more, in spite of his inhospitality:
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Comparing Heathcliff and Lockwood is almost like comparing oranges to apples there is really nothing but contract there the only thing they would have in common would probably be that they are both human like oranges and apples are both fruit. But I digress!
Heathcliff is reserved and not so keen on bringing anything up that reminds him of Catherine. This is why he beats Catherine and treat her so poorly because she looks like her mother and at the same time is a product of the man he despises for taking his lovely Cathy. There is just so much angst in the past for Heathcliff.
However when it comes to Lockwood is what I would call snoopy. Lockwood is more approachable and he opens/invites himself to conversation. This is how the conversation start up with Nelly. As opposed to Heathcliff, Lockwood is purposely sifting through his past and trying to discover new bits about Heathcliff.
Towards the end of the novel I think Lockwood forms some sympathy for Heathcliff and his maddened state.