Comparing Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea

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Charlotte Bronte, who wrote Jane Eyre, was a great British female novelist in the Victorian age. She was born in a desolate village where people were rough, cold and cruel. Her mother passed away when she was a little girl and her father was a stern man who had very little communication with her like a stranger (“Charlotte Bronte” 158). When Bronte was eight years old, she had her first experience away from home at the Clergy Daughters' School for poor clergymen's daughters with her two sisters. After that she had been a governess in a wealthy family. During that time, she rejected two men’s proposals because she thought they were just for the purpose of marriage, but without love (“Charlotte Bronte” 159). Through those experiences, Bronte gradually developed a strong-minded, independent characteristic which followed her all through life. Bronte was living in the age where the industrial revolution brought a great social transformation and made England rapidly become a powerful economic country in the world. Under this glory,…show more content…
By told the story about the fight of Jane Eyre with the patriarchal society and Antoinette Cosway’s tragedy as a former colonist, a common theme were reflected to aspire after freedom, equality and independence of personality from the females. Because of the different time and social backgrounds of authors, Charlotte Bronte criticized the patriarchal society where women were regarded as property and the appendage of men. Besides, she also emphasized the gender equality and the rights of women in the society. From a different perspective, the author of Wide Sargasso Sea paid more attention to the lack of self-identity and social belongings among the social hierarchy in the colonized countries and criticized the negative impact of colonialism and imperialism towards
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