Novels, Society & History (C10)

Distinguish between the themes of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ novels written by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte respectively.

Answer

Points of distinction between ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Jane Eyre’:

Pride and Prejudice

  1. The novel of Jane Austen gives us a glimpse of women in genteel rural society.

  2. They make us think about a society which encouraged women to look for good marriages and find wealthy or propertied husbands.

  3. The main characters were preoccupied with marriage and money as typified in Austen society.

Jane Eyre

  1. The main character broke established norms of society before adjusting to them.

  2. Character is shown as independent and assertive.

  3. Encouraged women readers to sympathize with rebellious actions.