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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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Written in the nineteenth century and set in rural England, “Jane Eyre” was written by Charlotte Bronte who was born in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816. An adventurous romantic novel it was written in the 1847. Although at the time it was considered to be an inappropriate book for Ladies or children, as it would encourage women to leave the husbands trying to become independent. It would also encourage the children {mainly girls} to think they do not need a man to assist their every need, making them to become an independent woman.

Jane Eyre” is the story of a woman who is orphaned at a young age and is being raised by Mrs. Reed, her cruel, wealthy aunt. She who is ill-treated first by her aunt’s and cousins. Jane is then sent to a dreadful school, Lowood which is a orphan school which is funded by charity. An orphan school in the 19th century would be tatty and not in proper conditions for any child to be in. Most children in the 19th century who went to orphan school came out if lucky either very ill or died while in the school.

Jane experiences a death while at school one of close friends die. She then later on falls in love and is about to marry when it appears that the man she is to wed is already married and his wife lives in the same house with her. In despair she flees in which she finds her cousins and also inherits a large sum of money, which leaves her financially independent. Then she decides to go back to Rochester who has a terrible and dreadful experienced and is now blind because of a fire at his home. “Jane Eyre” immediately falls in love with him again and soon marries him.

In sharp contrast ‘Bridget Jones’s diary’ is a twentieth century novel set in the modern day society. Helen Fielding wrote ‘Bridget Jones’s diary’ she was born in Yorkshire. This is a novel of the everyday problems women in the early thirties experience whether they are obsessed with there weight, smoking, drinking, not having a boyfriend, family problems, money and work. A newspaper had claimed Helen Fielding as ‘She’s funny, she’s smart, and she’s entirely unconsumed by her sudden fame’. “Bridget Jones” was inspired by “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Which carries the same story line.

‘Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and ‘Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte both narrates the struggle through life being a woman, Fielding expresses this through her protagonist “Bridger Jones”. The protagonist in each story Jane and Bridget share a lot of similarities, yet still are different. The novels are narrated by the eponymous heroes. Charlotte Bronte clearly established a nineteenth century scene in the opening pages of the novel as it unravels slowly by introducing her family members. The said Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room: she lay reclined on a sofa by the fireside, and with her darlings around her looked perfectly happy.

Me, she had dispensed from joining the group;” This opening page catches the reader’s interest immediately leaving the reader wanting to know about the family’s life, what has Jane done for her to be left out from the rest of the family. It also leaves the audience loathing this woman for leaving the child out from the rest of the crowd on this first page of chapter one.

Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little I am soulless and heartless? ” Jane and Bridget are both characters who seem to think of themselves negativity as the average woman does from time to time. “Bridget Jones” starts off with taking the readers attention straight into the novel by beginning on a humorous start, listing her new year’s revolution recording her will and will not. “Will” “Will not” “Be more confident. ” “Spend more than earn” “Make better use of time. ” “Sulk about having no “Stop smocking” boyfriend”

From the list of resolutions the reader enters Bridget’s world as they become curious to what is dreadfully wrong in her life. This makes the reader want to know why Bridget makes these resolutions and what is going so dreadfully wrong in her life. When reading the opening chapter “New Year Resolutions” the reader can start to fit together the picture of her era, her personality and way of life. She has a job, socializes, independence and a sense of humor. Whereas “Jane Eyre” also is independent, socializes and although she has a job she lacks sense of humor.

Jane Eyre’ and ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ writers both use experiences from there on life into the book, this helps, as the reader is able to imagine the scenes actual since it is not just been made up off the top of the writers head. Jane Eyre experiences a lost of someone close to her who while in school who had died of tuberculosis. Charlotte Bronte two sisters die of tuberculosis she always believed it was because of the condition of the school. Charlotte and Jane both turn down two proposals of marriage. They also return to someone they each love Bronte her father and

Eyre Mr. Rochester, which they find are now blind. Finally ‘Jane Eyre’ and Charlotte Bronte share this last part of their life together they were happily married. ‘Bridget Jones’ and Helen Fielding share parts of their life, as do Jane and Charlotte. Bridget and Helen both seem to be detached either of them our not married or at current “Jane Eyre” is made from three different genres the gothic and the romantic.

“No sir I answered; but there has been a fire; get up,” This is a gothic scene from the novel, where ‘Jane’ saves Mr. Rochester’s from a fire. This is a short scene of mystery and horror which leaves the reader wondering how Mr. Rochester may of set alight, was it a accident or is someone trying to kill him. This adds a bit of suspense to the book for a while since we soon discover who or how the fire started. ‘Jane’ and Mr. Rochester soon recover from the fire. ‘Bridget Jones’ also shares some of the same genres the romantic and the genre that narrates a novel of a characters development as a person experiences them. “Mmmm. Daniel and I messaged each other all day.

But there is no way I am going to sleep with him”. Throughout each novel both ‘Bridget’ and ‘Jane’ meet power that terrorizes their liberty, happiness and honesty. “Tell Magda? Not tell Magda? Ring Magda and ask if everything is OK? ” Ring Jeremy and ask him if everything’s OK? Mind my own business! ” Bridget has just seen her friend’s husband (Magda and Jeremy) with another woman should Bridget keep on walking or should she interfere. Bridget decides not to jump to assumptions and that is was just a business meeting and nothing more.

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