Comparison of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 79 and Bronti’s Jane EyreDifferent people have different attitudes and ideas about true love. People alsoexpress their feelings of love in many different ways. However, Edmund Spenser’sattitudes and ideas are very similar to those of Charlotte Bronti’s novel Jane Eyre. In sonnet 79 Spenser is speaking to a woman known for her beauty. He notesthat the woman knows of her own beauty. ?Men call you fair, and you do credit it.?Then Spenser goes on and tells how he does not like to pay close attention to outwardappearances, but greatly admires a women’s internal beauty. Spenser notes thatinternal beauty never fades, unlike external beauty. ?But the true fair, that is thegentle wit And virtuous mind, is much more praised of me.? ?He only fair, and whatHe fair hath made; All other fair, like flowers, untimely fade.? True beauty toEdmund is the kind of person you are, your heart, your soul, and your wit. Not thekind of beauty that can fade like outward beauty. In Charlotte Bronti’s novel, Mr. Edward Rochester falls deeply in love withyoung Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is not a pretty woman to the naked eye. Though, Mr.
Rochester loves Jane for what she is made of. He loves her personality, her innerstrength and all her qualities. Mr. Rochester pays no attention to Jane’s outwardappearance. Jane also falls in love with Mr. Rochester for the same reasons. At onepoint in the novel, Mr. Rochester asks Jane if she thinks he is a handsome man, Janehonestly replies no. However, their love for each other is so very strong and willnever fade because they love for the right reasons. It is very clear how similar Edmund Spenser’s views on true love is to Mr.
Rochester’s and Jane Eyre’s views. They believe their love will never fade becausetheir reasons for love will never fade. If they were to be like many other people in theworld, they would fall in what they think is love and eventually fall out. You cannotjudge a book by it’s cover, and that is a moral that Spenser, Rochester and Jane valuevery much.