I donīt see it.
Posted by Luisa on October 16, 1997 at 14:34:36:
In response to austen and bronte, written by Kate on October 15, 1997 at 20:58:54
] But I disagree that Austen is about 'Composure, civility and self denial".
Iīm not saying that Austen is only about that. If so, her books wouldnīt as popular, IMO.
I don't think that Emma was self-denying, or Lizzy or, in the end, Anne. I feel much happier about ALL their marriages than I do about Jane and Rochester's, which seemed in the end, only possible when he became dependent on her, rather than the meeting of two independent and equal people, DESPITE the great Jane speech on this point.
I wonīt argue with your opinion of the ending, I donīt like it either, though Iīm glad that Rochester finally gets some happiness out of life after so much misery and pain. I just think Charlotte went too far with the blindness thing, he didn`t deserve that in a million years, IMO.
But I can`t agree with you on the Austen heroines not being self-denying and vituous. They are. Maybe not perfect, but generous, civil and perfect ladies in many aspects. They are nīt on the margin of society, they are integrated resigned to their fates (not like Jane Eyre).Even Lizzy, my favourite character.
They are all very "symmetrical", except for the only character that gets out of hand and who, for me, is one of the best: Marianne Dashwood. She, at least, follows her heart (and pays for it). In the end, this is all about opinion, as you`ve said...
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