When you are in High School should study at least one classic novel a year. I would like to give you an opportunity to study one of the best loved novels in English Literature and compare it to the love story of Romeo and Juliet.
Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre are both classic yet unconventional love stories. In Pride and Prejudice, we see Fitzwilliam Darcy’s first impression of Elizabeth Bennet as someone below him in beauty and social standing. She disdains him. It isn’t until the end of the book that certain circumstances begin to change their feelings and they fall in love in spite of everything that has transpired.
Jane Eyre is a classic Bildungsroman (coming of age story). Jane is a young orphan, who grows into a woman trying to make her way in the world. She is average looking, almost plain. She does not have high aspirations for herself. And yet she falls in love with another average looking man, who is above her social standing. When circumstances may prevent her from living a happily ever after life—she has to choose between doing the right thing, and doing what will make her happy. There are Christian elements to this story, and we see Charlotte Bronte temper passion with morality. It is a wonderful story.
Please pick one of these novels to read at home. In January I will begin to assign you with activities that will lead up to an analytical essay comparing and contrasting the novel with Romeo and Juliet.
Please do not watch the movie before you read the book. It will ruin it for you and your essay.
Watch the movie after your essay is completed.