The Importance Of Beauty In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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Charlotte and Emily Bronte are known to be the most successful authors of their time; writing stories that contain truth’s that have standed the test of time. However, their success did not come easy. Bronte used a pen name to conceal her identity and shield from ridicule for the first few months after Jane Eyre was released to the public. Bronte found her success in her writing skills, not in her beauty. Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents. The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides at Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a…show more content…
Rosamond is the daughter of a factory owner who is “very charming” and has “radiant vivacity” (Bronte 704-705). She proves to be the only exception to Bronte’s stereotype of the inverse relationship to beauty and personality. Rosamond is the unattainable goal that every Victorian woman strives for; beautiful inside and out. This goal described by Bronte is one that the women in the novel strive for, but will never accomplish. St. John, Jane’s cousin, feels a strong passion for Jane and tortures himself for feeling that way. He wants to marry Jane so desperately, but he feels that their passion is forbidden due to his religious duties. Rosamond still remains the goal of perfect balance between outer and inner
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