Comparing Jane Eyre, Cinderella, And Beauty And The Beast

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Many themes are brought into the readers' attention in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and when first reading the novel, we all tend to see it as a work built around the theme of family and Jane's continuous search for home and acceptance. The love story seems to fall into second place and I believe that the special relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester needs to be thoroughly discussed and interpreted, because it holds many captivating elements, such as mystery, passion or even betrayal. The aim of this essay is to analyze the love story between the two protagonists and to illustrate how the elements forming their relationship resemble the ones in fairy tales. Jane Eyre has been often compared to fairy tales such as Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast and I believe that this close connection with the fantastic stories has a huge influence on the relationship between the main characters.
The theme of love is quietly introduced in the novel from the very beginning, when the reader is familiarized with Jane's relatives and the environment in which she lives her early childhood. It is not hard to notice that she is a neglected, abused and excluded child. She is never a part of the Reeds' activities and above all this the reader may observe the lack of family love the protagonist experiences. Because of the rejection she constantly feels, Jane cannot truly fit into her relative's society and she always feels abandoned and, of course, alone. Never experiencing love may be one of the reasons for which she can hardly imagine herself being in love. When leaving Gateshead she discovers a whole new world at Lowood, where certain virtues are appreciated, but love is not one of them. Finally arriving at Thornfield, a complete opposite image is drawn in front of her and her vision upon society and upon human beings is changed, once she meets Mrs. Fairfax, Adele and of course, Edward Rochester, her master.
The love relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester is not one to be called "at first sight", because at their first encounter, Jane does not seem to feel any kind of attraction towards the one who in the end will become her husband. Their love grows steady, it is not spoken and it is built with baby-steps, through gestures I believe the two protagonists are not completely aware of. Jane finds Mr. Rochester fascinating in a good and bad way, at the same time: "The ease of his manner freed me from painful restraint; the friendly frankness, as correct as cordial, with which he treated me, drew me to him" (Chapter 15). A new territory is revealed before Jane's eyes and her strict religious beliefs seem to fade in front of her growing passion for her master. The passion I am arguing about is so strong that it eventually makes the heroin think of nothing but her ideal lover. Passion is physically present in the novel through the symbol of fire, first in the night when Rochester's bed is set fire and finally, when the castle of Thornfield...

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