A Comparison between Jane Eyre and Fanny Price

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A comparison between Jane Eyre and Fanny Price There are many things that can be compared between Jane Eyre and Fanny Price, and I will focus on the fact that they are both orphans that grow up to be independent women. The two are so different yet also so much the same. In the following analysis, I will compare these two characters and decide who can be viewed as the stronger character. To start, we can say that both Jane and Fanny are orphans. They are both sent to live with family and destined to become outcasts from the start. Jane is not readily accepted by her family. This is also true of Fanny. They are only similar in the fact that they are orphans. Fanny’s character is different from Jane because Jane is an independent individual. Fanny is much more reserved and independent, while Jane has a much more outspoken personality. Jane Eyre struggles to resist those around her from changing her. Her self-devotion causes her many sufferings, but she survives these and becomes a stronger woman. Jane grows up in a Victorian period where women were not seen as equals. She was born an orphan into a family that had no more room to love another child. Jane faced much resentment in the house, but being the strong- Continue...


For any kind of interest in each other would be wrong during that time. Throughout both novels, Jane and Fanny remain true to themselves, which proves to be no small accomplishment. Returning back to Jane, we can see how society could feel that her romance with Rochester was wrong. One theme that remains true to both novels is that both stories defy the norms of society. Even when that means spending three days wandering around and almost dying for her choices. In Mansfield Park, Fanny can be seen as an orphan as well. She struggles in the beginning to overcome her homesickness, and her longing for her relationship with her brother. She is an independent soul with an independent mind. In Mansfield Park, Fanny's interest in Edmund also tests society. In Jane Eyre, the idea of gender and class structure is very evident between Jane and Rochester. She grows up at Mansfield rejected by her Aunt and as an outcast among her cousins. She shows her strength in all aspects of her life including her love for Rochester. For example, Edmund is jumping out of the lineage by wanting to become a clergyman. The story itself tests society in ways of the characters going against the "duty of their lives.