Jane Eyre And The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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During the height of the Victorian Era, in which the books Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and the Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, it was not uncommon for more well-off households of the era to have at least one Governess hired to help keep the younger residents educated and orderly, and to keep the servants of the manor abiding by the constructs in which the Victorian era set out for them as consistently as possible. Therefore, because the Governess was so prominent within the rich classes in regards as a role in their house—like how the contemporary writer gains inspiration for satire of the rich from writing the stereotype of a tired and underpaid maid—the Victorian novelist used the role of the Governess to write in a…show more content…
The similarities, however—stop there, because the emphasis of differences of these two characters is important to understanding the root of the interpretation that the two mentioned novels share because of the differences of the portrayal of the Governess role that is so pertinent throughout. Physical differences between the two should be mentioned first, as to establish meaning towards both Eyre and Prism’s different means of expressing themselves as the role of the Governess throughout. The most obvious and important to note is an extreme difference in age: Eyre prior to be hired being hired at Thornfield is described within the advertisement for her role as “A young lady not accustomed to tuition” (Brone, 103) and “...barely eighteen” (Brone, 103). This role at Thornfield is her first—which makes her relatively inexperienced despite spending the last couple of years as a teacher at her boarding school of Lowood, “…had I not been a teacher two years?” (Brone, 103). Ms. Prism, in contrast, is by the time of the play well beyond her youth, her being described as “a short-sighted old lady.” (Wilde, 1049), and therefore because of her advanced age, she is to be expected to be experienced within the Governess role as a whole, and as a result—fit under the stereotype of “mean old educator”. Such differences in age help to begin to establish what types of Governesses both Jane and Prism make for

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