Jane Eyre and Little Women: Jane and Jo Comparison

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The novels Jane Eyre and Little Women are strikingly similar in many ways, and the characters Jane Eyre and Jo March are almost mirrors of each other. There are many similarities between Jane and Jo, and also some differences, as well. From childhood, although they find themselves in completely different situations, both girls experience many of the same trials in their younger years. Jane is an orphan who has no family to call her own, and lives with an aunt and cousins who despise and dislike her. She was left penniless by the death of her parents, and is reminded daily by her house mates that she is inferior to them because of her circumstance. Jo grows up in a loving home with three adoring sisters and a mother, however, she also feels…show more content…
In contrast to each other, however, during their time away, Jo finds the man that she really loves and wants to marry, while Jane realizes that she cannot marry anyone other than Mr. Rochester. It is during this time that Jo meets the Professor and he falls in love with her, and Jane meets St. John and decides that she cannot marry someone she does not love. These journeys were essential to both girls, for they helped them to find (or rediscover, in Jane and Mr. Rochester's case) the love that they felt they were missing. <br> <br>The two women both marry men much older than them, perhaps because they are more mature and intelligent than other people of their same age. Jo is forced to grow up quickly through the death of her sister and her father's absence, while Jane learns to grow up quickly through the loss of her parents and her unhappy childhood. However, they both still face obstacles when marrying -- Jo must wait because she is marrying a poor man who must work to save up enough money for them to live well, and Jane because Mr. Rochester is blind when she returns to him. In an essence, Jo has fininancial problems to face, while Jane has the physical. In the end, however, both are happy, Jo with her school for boys to provide income, and Jane because Mr. Rochester regains his sight. <br> <br>Both girls receive inheritances from a relative, which allow them to reach the contentment with their lives

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