How do Mr. Lockwood's character and his perspective on the events of the plot affect the way we respond to the characters of the novel?

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The most important role of Mr. Lockwood in the narrative is to provide the perspective of a normal outsider on the bizarre hermetic world of the remote Yorkshire estates in which the novel is set. Mr. Lockwood is a sedate, timid, and moderately reclusive character, who enjoys a certain degree of solitude, without being entirely anti-social, and appreciates good scenery. He is a member of the gentry, and sees himself as a dispassionate observer. Thus his perspective is like that of most of the readers of the novel, that of a relatively normal man confronted with extraordinary people. The somewhat reserved and bland character of Lockwood means that he does not take the spotlight away from the protagonists of the story, but rather further illuminates them by contrast with his own normality.