Jane Eyre And Sonnet 79

August 7, 2018 General Studies

Different people have different attitudes and ideas about true love. People alsoexpress their feelings of love in many different ways. However, EdmundSpenser’s attitudes and ideas are very similar to those of CharlotteBronti’s novel Jane Eyre. In sonnet 79 Spenser is speaking to a woman knownfor her beauty. He notes that the woman knows of her own beauty. “Men call youfair, and you do credit it.” Then Spenser goes on and tells how he does notlike to pay close attention to outward appearances, but greatly admires awomen’s internal beauty. Spenser notes that internal beauty never fades,unlike external beauty. “But the true fair, that is the gentle wit Andvirtuous mind, is much more praised of me.” “He only fair, and what He fairhath made; All other fair, like flowers, untimely fade.” True beauty to Edmundis the kind of person you are, your heart, your soul, and your wit. Not the kindof beauty that can fade like outward beauty. In Charlotte Bronti’s novel, Mr.

Edward Rochester falls deeply in love with young Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is not apretty woman to the naked eye. Though, Mr. Rochester loves Jane for what she ismade of. He loves her personality, her inner strength and all her qualities. Mr.

Rochester pays no attention to Jane’s outward appearance. Jane also falls inlove with Mr. Rochester for the same reasons. At one point in the novel, Mr.

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Rochester asks Jane if she thinks he is a handsome man, Jane honestly repliesno. However, their love for each other is so very strong and will never fadebecause they love for the right reasons. It is very clear how similar EdmundSpenser’s views on true love is to Mr. Rochester’s and Jane Eyre’s views.

They believe their love will never fade because their reasons for love willnever fade. If they were to be like many other people in the world, they wouldfall in what they think is love and eventually fall out. You cannot judge a bookby it’s cover, and that is a moral that Spenser, Rochester and Jane value verymuch.


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