Use of Point of View in Bronte's Jane Eyre and Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea

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Both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea utilize point of view to reflect meaning within the texts. Charlotte Bronte chose to stick with one narrator in Jane Eyre and chronicled her journey to self discover and finding the love she desired for much of her life. On the flip side, Jean Rhys switched perspectives multiple times in Wide Sargasso Sea but has a similar story of a woman and her struggle to find herself and her yearning to be loved. Both authors created masterful pieces that transcend generations in their messages and themes, but they went about them in different ways, creating unique works of art. In Jane Eyre, the sole narrator is Jane, a spirited young girl battling family hardship as she flourishes into a respectable …show more content…
I believe Bronte kept Jane very proper and formal in her writing for two main reasons. One: to keep her perspective reliable to the reader because it’s easy to lose trust in speakers always caught up in their own mind. As we saw in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, reality and hallucinations can easily merge together; confusing the reader and making them question the person telling the story. Bronte also decided on this limited emotional attachment from Jane because as a woman of her time, she would be required to keep her feelings close to her heart and not over share. This habit Jane had acquired from her tough times as a child, was a comment on the oppression that women and people of a lower class felt during this time period. When discussing the time leading up to her wedding day, and a card of directions titled “Mrs. Rochester” she spoke with a level head that “she [Mrs. Rochester] did not exist:” (Bronte 296). While most women would be excited by the idea of being referred to with her married name, Jane will not allow herself to get excited about a minor detail, showing her quiet composure. While Jane only gives a limited view of her feelings, Bronte captures her message about the ugliness of oppression and the importance of speaking up through Jane’s mature way of telling her story. Jane’s reliable narration gives the reader straight facts about what is going on but often lacks the emotional detail that allows reader to connect to a

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