Essay on Comparison of Jane Eyre + The Color Purple

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Comparison of Jane Eyre + The Color Purple
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Both novels are variations of the same theme: the spiritual and emotional growth of the heroine. Is this a fair assessment? Both novels convey important, political messages exploring the idea of feminism and women´s emancipation. Bronte uses Jane as a figure of female independence, while Walker demonstrates her views on civil rights and commitment to feminism through Celie. In this essay I will be examining the traumatic journeys that both Jane and Celie go through, to find their eventual happiness. I will also be considering the spiritual and emotional growth of both girls, throughout their journey in life. Written in 1847, Jane Eyre was an
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Her treatment at Gateshead is harsh and unfair and the cruelty of superficial judgement affects her so that all the kindness in the world would not cheer her spirits. The second phase of Jane´s journey opens with her travelling alone and friendless, to Lowood School. Here, Jane is faced with the cruel, physical regime of school. She makes her first friend,
Helen, whom she questions closely about her beliefs. From this we can tell that Jane is someone who is very interested in life and her place in it. The most moving part in the novel occurs in Lowood, the death of Jane´s only friend, Helen. No comment is made regarding Jane´s feelings, as if not wallowing in Helen´s death, makes the loss of her all the more poignant. I feel as though this significant event in
Jane´s life made her emotionally stronger. Another important figure in
Jane´s life is her teacher, Miss Temple, who acts as a friend as well as the mother Jane never had. She strongly affects Jane´s life with her fair outlook on the school. When Miss Temple departs Lowood it is clear that there is no need or reason for Jane to stay there, she must move on. This introduces Jane to her third phase in life, Thornfield
Manor. Again, in this setting, her desire to be more physically appealing is made apparent when she feels inferior to the beautiful,
Blanche Ingram. It is
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