But Mark's argument is that she had control
Posted by Ann on October 09, 1997 at 12:05:48:
In response to Suffering in novels, written by Kathy F. on October 07, 1997 at 22:10:40
] Jane Eyre, on the other hand, suffers almost entirely bc of forces over which she has no control--her Aunt Reed's fixed bad opinion of her, Mr. Rochester's marriage, her lack of money. It seems that JE suffers so much simply for the sake of suffering; whereas JA's characters suffer as penance for their internal flaws.
There comes a point in the novel where Jane knows she has a rich uncle, who is leaving everything to her. Instead of trying to follow this lead and become rich--instead of taking control of her own life--she keeps wallowing in her misery. She had the power to escape her suffering, but she failed to take control. For such a strong character to do this is inconsistant. This is why I find major fault with Bronte. She threw out her character's strength when it suited her. Jane had a way out and failed to take it.
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