By the end, although she has learnt a great deal about the world, she is still just a spoilt child, who needs not speak or act because those around will do it for her. With the help of 'cupid's traps', Beatrice's witty enemy Benedick has broken her hard and independent shell. She has lost her anger at being an 'old maid' which made her so fiery and overly witty at the beginning of the play, it has been replaced by a more 'tamed heart', but her passion never leaves her. She is, by the end of the play, more than just the mature young woman she was, I feel she has turned full circle and become her own ideal woman.
The novel opens with Jane feeling inadequate about going on a walk with her cousins and the novel ends with Jane embarking on a journey of her very own, this is not a coincidence. Jane seems to learn quickly that she is the only one who can help her break free from her entrapment. The first place Jane must learn how to leave is Gateshead. She is not happy at Gateshead because is constantly put down by her cousins and even the servants. Helen tries to teach Jane to forgive her enemies in order for Jane to be able move on and gain confidence in herself: If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would have it all their own way: they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse.
However, Hope Leslie does not conform to the expected behavior of women during that time, behavior that only further expressed the supposed superiority of males. Hope portrays behaviors and attitudes common in a woman today. Hope is capable of thinking for herself, is courageous, independent, and aggressive. Sir Philip Gardner describes Hope as having “a generous rashness, a thoughtless impetuosity, a fearlessness of the… dictators that surround her, and a noble contempt of fear” (211). In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior.
When Fanny comes to Mansfield she is an extremely timid young girl who is afraid of everyone and everything, it is her quiet passive manner that conceals this constant terror that leads to her nightly sobbing. It is Edmund who unlocks her feelings, he knows that she is clever, has a quick apprehension and a love for reading. He also understands her love for reading, her need to feel important and her capacity to be so. Fanny herself has to learn to have faith in her own good sense and develop the strength to be able to transmit it to others. From one point of view, Fanny price is an interesting psychological study in the manners and attitudes of her insecure and traumatised personality.
She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent.”(1.V) This is a good introduction because it encapsulates much of what is evaluated in Marianne throughout the novel. First, the two sisters are compared and contrasted for the similarities and differences in their demeanor, values, self -control and interactions in society and various relationships. Then, in Marianne alone, there is a clear lack of balance between the sense and sensibility of her actions and feelings. Finally, her judgment... ... middle of paper ... ...ves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.” (203.III.
These two contrasting proposal scenes show the conflict between Jane’s passionate and rational natures. Rochester’s proposal scene is indicative of Jane’s passion for life and his love. Jane has thus far fallen hopelessly in love with Rochester, but she always has reason behind her, reminding her of the fact that their relationship will never occur. The reader sees this when Rochester tells her that she must leave Thornfield and travel to Ireland to be a governess there. She “did not cry so as to be heard,” and the thought “struck cold to [her] heart; and colder the thought of all the brine and foam, destined, as it seemed, to rush between me and the master at whose side I now walked, and the coldes... ... middle of paper ... ...posal, unlike the other is a total failure.
Emma tricks the idea of matchmaking two people so different from one another out of her active imagination. When Emma takes Harriet Smith under her wing she has an almost selfish motive, as she needs a companion now that her governess has been married. Although Harriet is the 'natural daughter of somebody,' Emma feels that she can use Harriet as her project. Emma implores Harriet to disregard her romance with Mr. Martin and tells her that Robert Martin is below her and that she must disassociate herself from any connection that would lower her status further and feels that 'if she were not taken care of, she might be required to sink herself for ever.' When Harriet actually gets proposed to by Mr. Martin, Em... ... middle of paper ... ...rivileged view of observer to all that is going on; we are able to see the mistakes she makes, able to laugh at her mischievous plots, while she is unaware of her mistakes.
40) This is the reader’s first real look at Jane’s character, initially showing how even as a little girl, she is unafraid to stand up to people when she knows they are in the wrong. For a woman to be this unapologetic and outspoken in the Victorian era would have been almost unheard of, making Jane Eyre a truly revolutionary character. Jane is also shown to be opinionated in chapter 12, “Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do … It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex” (12.129) and chapter 14, “I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me,
I feel that Alice Walker based the character Celie off of this time in her life. In the book, Celie is repeatedly told that she is ugly and that she is not good enough. Celie is afraid of the cruelty others have imposed upon her and she is shy and avoids conflict. Alice Walker once said “What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.” Celie does not understand why others treat her harshly, thus she remains afraid of it. It seems that once we understand what brings up down, it only empowers us.
She believes the other servants can not hold a conversation very well. Mrs. Fairfax’s predictable kindness allows Jane to feel more at ease with her. In a way it can be seen that Mrs.Fairfax serves almost as a mother figure to Jane. Another relationship that I noticed is the unique one that is shared between Adele and Jane. Adele is presented as the spoiled pupil who although quite the fidgety, loquacious child wins a portion of Jane’s heart.