By Elizabeth Langland
A examine of Anne Bronte facing her existence and impacts, this article varieties a part of a chain that's designed to assist within the reassessment of women's writing within the mild of ultra-modern knowing.
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TWH 188) These passages, so similar in idea yet so different in style and tone, point to the contrasting intentions of their authors . Anne Bronte's Helen attempts to fulfill the role of redemptive angel and fails miserably because her author refuses the consolatory notion that rooted, evil tendencies can be eradicated by the influence of an angelic young lady. Both novels' protagonists, Jane and Helen, are forced to flee the immorality in which they find themselves almost enmeshed. Both women thrive by the fruits of their own labour, and both ultimately return to the estates they have fled, Thorn-field and its echo, with a difference, Grassdale.
More pertinent, the woman with whom Huntingdon commits adultery is Annabella Wilmot, this man's niece. Annabella Wilmot also echoes the name of a character in The Vicar of Wakefield, a pure and loyal woman who provides a contrast to Anne Bronte's corrupt character. '> Jane arrives at Thornfield as his redemptive angel. 16 Huntingdon, too, speaks of Helen as his 'angel' (TWH 163, 185). Rochester says of Jane: INFLUENCES 53 After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I truly love - I have found you .
24 ANNE BRONTE By and large, Victorians believed woman belonged in the home where she served as presiding angel. Although the most famous representation of this notion - the Angel in the House - did not appear until 1854-56 in Coventry Patmore 's poem of that name, the idea was gaining currency from the beginning of the century . Briefly, the myth of the angel in the house idealised woman and her innocence in ways that made central her confinement to a separate domestic sphere, where, free from the vicious influence of the competitive business world, she could preserve the nation's moral values.