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Write a comparison of these two proposal scenes, considering the authors' differing attitudes to love and marriage and the ways in which these are conveyed in these two passages.

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Write a comparison of these two proposal scenes, considering the authors' differing attitudes to love and marriage and the ways in which these are conveyed in these two passages. Passage a - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bront� Passage b - Emma, by Jane Austen The major theme within both passages is based upon love and marriage; however, the passage from Jane Eyre is far more passionate and spontaneous ('he asked passionately'), as opposed to Emma, which tackles the subject of love in a more orderly fashion ('plain, unaffected, gentleman-like'). The introductions of the two passages represent different styles of writing: whereas the introduction of the passage from Emma is straight to the point and starts with dialogue, the passage from Jane Eyre begins with a short paragraph of description about the 'wind' and the 'nightingale'. Moreover, the language used ('a waft of wind') creates an atmospheric sense of passion, further emphasised by the alliteration. More profoundly, nightingales are symbolic of sadness and love, whilst the wind is symbolic of passionate love ('he ejaculated', 'added wildly'), both of which are themes explored within the novel, and in the passage itself, (through the language given in the examples). ...read more.

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Jane Eyre is clearly a critique of assumptions about both gender and social class. It contains a strong feminist stance; it speaks to deep, timeless human urges and fears, using the principles of literature to chart the mind's recesses. Thus, Jane Eyre is an epitome of femininity - a young independent individual steadfast in her morals and has strong Christian virtues, dominant, assertive and principled. That itself is no small feat. Bront� writes in first person so the text sounds personal and as if Jane is telling you things from the heart showing her emotions. Using this technique makes it more direct to the reader and sound like its coming from Jane's point of view and not somebody else's, this is a useful technique because it makes the reader feel they can get into Jane's mind. Jane is a spirited woman, and her emotions give her a strength of character that is unusual for a female heroine of this period. Rather than being nervous and oversensitive, Jane expresses her feelings through anger. ...read more.

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These novels influenced her entire approach to life. The differences between Emma by Jane Austen, a classical novel, and the autobiographical slave narrative, The History of Mary Prince are many and varied, but what stood out in my mind most prominently was the difference in character development. The novel delved very deeply into the life, character, breeding, make-up, and personality of it's subjects, but the narrative, instead, developed Prince in breadth, not depth. While each approach gave the reader insight into the respective lead characters, one came away with a better understanding of who Emma was and why. A novel is a long work of written fiction. Most novels involve many characters and tell a complex story by positioning the characters in a number of different situations. A novels chief interest is in the human character as it manifests in society. The individual naming of the characters in a novel gives singularity to each person. Novels tend to be richly detailed and often have an exhaustive analysis of human relationships. In a novel, the writer has the freedom to develop the plot, characters, motifs, and theme slowly - which all three of these do. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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