Friday, November 13, Jane Eyre vs. Sense and Sensibility Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility follow distinct patterns, but at the same time, they are wholly different from one another. Similarities Both novels follow the journey of the main characters Jane Eyre, and Elinor and Marianne Dashwoodboth physically and mentally.
While this characterization is not terribly realistic, it was the societal ideal and for many authors of the time, their heroines could only marry such men and thereby secure a happy life.
Beginning with Alfred the Duke of Zamorna in her juvenilia, Bronte creates male characters that may fit certain characteristics of that male ideal, but generally fail to meet the high standards.
Charlotte was a strong woman and her beliefs about gender inequality are widely known. It seems then that this need to denigrate her male characters, at least from that societal ideal, comes from a desire to make her female characters supplant their male counterparts while still maintaining their respectability and their "proper" place in society.
John in Jane Eyre to Dr. John Graham and Paul Emmanuel in Villette we have male characters who are either greedy, prone to jealousy, dishonest, hypocritical, or some horrible combination of the above. These characteristics, not only break with the Victorian ideal and give us more realistic heroes, they serve another, more important, purpose for Charlotte.
They give Jane and Lucy models to learn from and enemies to fight against, and in the end, allow them to surpass the ideal male "hero" and create a new feminine hero for the Victorian age. The idea of the gentleman was changing during the Victorian era.
It was no longer strictly a title given to those of high birth. The word gentleman began to take on a moral sense as well and the role and duty of the gentleman was focused more on conduct than on property wealth or station in life.
One still would not call a coal miner a gentleman, but the dominant male characters in both Jane Eyre and Villette hold positions in life clergymen, property owner, doctor, professor that would have required they follow that gentlemanly code.
Newman states, It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say he is one who never inflicts pain. He has too much good sense to be affronted at insults [. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny.
If he engages in controversy of any kind, his disciplined intellect preserves him from the blunder. Whereas the male characters in Jane Eyre and Villette encompass some of these characteristics, none have them in spades, or they take one of these particular characteristics to the extreme.
What is interesting is that both Jane and Lucy Snowe have most if not all of these qualities. They are both resigned to their fates and accept what befalls them. In reality, these women are more gentlemanly than any of the gentlemen in the stories.
The first male character presented in Jane Eyre is young Master John Reed, and it is obvious from the start that he is not what we would call an ideal Victorian. John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; [.Charlotte Bronte. There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.
The development of Jane Eyre’s character is central to the novel. From the beginning, Jane possesses a sense of her self-worth and dignity, a commitment to justice and principle, a trust in God, and a passionate disposition. The development of Jane Eyre’s character is central to the novel.
From the beginning, Jane possesses a sense of her self-worth and dignity, a commitment to justice and principle, a trust in God, and a passionate disposition.
Her integrity is continually tested over the course of the novel, and.
In fact, many early readers mistakenly believed Jane Eyre was a true account (in a clever marketing scheme, the novel was subtitled, “An Autobiography”), perhaps a validation of her character. Mar 11, · Jane Eyre may lack fortune and good looks — she is famously “small and plain” as well as “poor and obscure” — but as the heroine of a novel, she has everything.
From the very first. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Love Versus Autonomy. Jane Eyre is very much the story of a quest to be loved.
Jane searches, not just for romantic love, but also for a sense of being valued, of belonging.