Essay on Jane Erye

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Jane Erye

I enjoyed the novel Rebecca thoroughly because of its many plot twists, suspense,
universal themes and realistic characters. This novel ties closely with the novel Jane Eyre ,
in theme, plot and characters. My second novel A Room With A View has similar women
characters and themes but has a very dissimilar plot line. All three of the novels are set in
Italy in the early 1900's. All three authors wrote love stories that included a strong willed
man and an inferior woman.

I found Daphne DuMaurier and Charlotte Bronte's writing styles similar in many
ways. Rebecca is written in the first person as a memory from the past. The novel begins
by sinking directly into the story, " Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly
again."(DuMaurier 5). At no point in the novel does the author get so wrapped up in
description that you loose the story. We learn about the authors characters through their
actions and insight from other characters. A Room With A View, begins by describing a
elegant dining room in the present tense. Although this description gives you a clear view
of the setting it looses the readers interest in the first few pages. Jane Eyre, commences
with , "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" (Bronte 3). This quote shows
Charlotte Bronte introducing her novel also in the past tense as a vivid memory.

All three novels included the character of a very inferior feeling, plain woman.
Although all three of these characters begin with low self esteem they evolve throughout
the novel and end as very strong respectful women. In Rebecca the main character's name
was Mrs. De Winter. Rebecca is Mr. De Winter's first wife and is only reflected as a
memory of the past. In Jane Eyre the character's name was Jane and in A Room With A
View , the character's name was Lucy. Mrs. De Winter in the novel, Rebecca, looks back
on herself and states, " I have lost my diffidence, my timidity, my shyness with strangers. I
am very different from that self who drove to Manderly for the first time, hopeful and
eager, handicapped by a rather desperate gaucherie and filled with an intense desire to
please. It was my lack of poise of course that made such a bad impression on people like
Mrs. Danvers."(DuMaurier 13). This quote shows how Mrs. De Winter has become
strong since the first time she seen the enormous mansion called Manderly. All three ladies
are dressed quite plain in the novels. This characteristic parallels the ladies plain
personalities. Jane describes her attire as, " I dressed myself with care: obliged to be plain
- for I had no article of attire that was not made with extreme simplicity - I was still by
nature solicitous to be neat. I ever wished to look as well as I could, and to please as much
as my want of beauty would permit." (Bronte 35). Although Jane, Lucy and Mrs. De
Winter are shown at the beginning of the novels as plain and inferior they all have a place
in their hearts to be strong and confident. Throughout the novel A Room With A View ,
Mr. Bebbe expresses his feelings by saying, " If Lucy lived as passionately as she played
the piano she would become an extraordinary person"(Forster 62). . This quote illustrates
Lucy's place in her heart of sophistication and brilliance. All three women were seen as
inferior and impressionable, but, showed potential of strong characters. All three
characters evolved into confident women and became the characters they were in their

The main women characters were initially weak, but, evolve to be the strongest
characters in the novel, the three men characters in the novels were confident and
oblivious to what their wife or finance is feeling. In the novel Jane Eyre, Rochester is the
object of Jane's affection. Rochester says to Jane in a meeting, "You examine me, Miss
Eyre,' said he: ‘do you think me handsome?'(Bronte 114). Jane replies, ‘ I should, if I had
deliberated, have replied to this question by something conventionally vague and polite;
but the answer somehow slipped from my tongue before I was aware- ‘No, sir.'(Bronte
114). Jane is very nervous and trembles when Rochester is around. When Rochester enters
the household he is highly respected and all the housemaids run around to complete his
every whim. Mrs. Fairfax described Mr. Rochester as, " He is considered a just and liberal
landlord by his tenants: but he has never lived much amongst them"(Bronte 91) .In the
novel Rebecca Mrs. De Winter feels inferior and nervous when Maxim is around. Mrs. De
Winter says, "One was too sensitive, too raw, there were thorns and pin-pricks in so many
words that in reality fell lightly on the air"(DuMarier 15). Both Jane and Mrs. De Winter
feel that all they should do is please people and do not think much of themselves. At the
end of the novel the strong men begin to realize their flaws. Rochester says, "Jane I will
abide by your decision"(Bronte 394). Throughout the novel Rochester is exposed as
confident and intelligent. This quote is a turning point in his character because he is shown
innocent and asking for advice. Jane and Mrs. De Winter begin to recognize their own
personal strong points as their loving husbands point them out to them. George says to
Lucy, "Well, I acted the truth - the only thing I did do - and you come back to me. So
possibly you know"(Forster 228). This shows George being honest about his feelings to
Lucy. This quote illustrates a turning point in George because he is acting in a rational
and honest manner. After each character evolves and changes they find true love between
one another.

In the novels Jane Eyre and Rebecca both Jane and Mrs. De Winter move into
mansions that take over their lives. Mrs. De Winter moves into Manderley, "Ancient,
beautiful Manderley, between the rose garden and the sea, is the county's
showpiece"(DuMarier 5). Manderly was previously taken care of by Rebecca who had a
marriage agreement with Maxim. Maxim agreed that Rebecca was to take care of
Manderly and throw parties and also act as a wife to him. Mrs. De Winter was so
overcome by the shrine Rebecca had left behind she did not begin her new life with Maxim
until Manderly burnt to the ground. Jane moved into Thornfield and described it as, " An
aspect of a home of the past: a shrine of memory"(Bronte 92). Jane soon finds out that
this is altogether very true. Jane was overcome by the mysterious tenant living in the west
wing. The lady often broke Jane's concentration to work and often left her feeling
unfulfilled. When Jane discovered that the strange woman living in the west wing was
Rochester's wife, the unsettling feelings bleed through to her upcoming marriage to
Rochester. Jane could also not come back to her love until the past was burnt to the
ground. Although these mansions held extreme material wealth they both carried
unwanted memories of the past. It was not until both these mansions burnt down that Jane
and Rochester, Mrs. De Winter and Maxim truly fell in love.
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