Faery and the beast. Abigail Heiniger

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Faery and the beast. by Abigail Heiniger
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This thesis is an exploration of the changeling heroine in Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre. Its purpose is to demonstrate that Charlotte Bronte reworked the traditional Beauty and the Beast fairy tale motif through the creation of the changelingMoreThis thesis is an exploration of the changeling heroine in Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre. Its purpose is to demonstrate that Charlotte Bronte reworked the traditional Beauty and the Beast fairy tale motif through the creation of the changeling 1 heroine, Jane Eyre. The changeling heroine in Jane Eyre is juxtaposed with the typological characters often employed in Romantic literature: the Angel, the Fallen Angel, and the Byronic hero.-Bronte was fascinated with the Beauty and the Beast motif, it appears prominently in her juvenilia.

The first four chapters of this thesis contain an overview of the Beauty and the Beast tale type and explore the ways in which Bronte utilizes this plot in her juvenilia.-Brontes typological characters in her juvenilia are heavily influenced by the works of Byron and Milton- in fact, she names both authors explicitly in her early stories. These sources are also explored in Chapter Four.-Chapters Five, Six, and Seven analyze the character of the changeling and the folklore tradition behind her. To establish this, these chapters demonstrate the importance of fairy tales in Brontes early life and her access to the oral fairy tale tradition of the North Country2.

It is significant that Brontes changeling heroine is a product of fairy lore she heard and read in Haworth- this fairy lore tradition is very different than that of the Victorian fairy, which is discussed in the Conclusion.-Chapter Eleven analyzes the role of the changeling heroine in Jane Eyre.

It demonstrates why the addition of this perfectly new character (Jane Eyre 276) is so important. This chapter explores nine different episodes in the novel where Janes changeling nature manifests itself, beginning with young Janes triumph over her Aunt Reed at Gateshouse and concluding with the changeling heroines reunion with Rochester at Ferndean. As a changeling, Jane Eyre is a spiritual potent character whose beauty is entirely internal. Later chapters explore how this changeling functions to defy the spiritual and physical limitations that define the typological Angel or Beauty.-In the creation of her new heroine, Bronte also works out Ruskins theory of the idea of abstract beauty.

Chapters Ten and Twelve explore Brontes treatment of the theme of Beauty. By daring to create a heroine who is less than lovely, Bronte deviates from the established Romantic tradition. According to nineteenth-century reviews of the novel, this was a bold and jarring narrative decision. However, Bronte changeling challenges the theories about beauty in a deeper way. The traditional Beauty is more than a typological character, she is embedded in Romantic aesthetic theory. Just as the changeling presents an alternative to the Angel/Fallen Angel dichotomy, she presents an aesthetic alternative to the physical manifestation of inner beauty.

Jane Eyre allows the reader to contemplate the persistent power of an ideal of beauty that is abstract and internal.-The happy ending of Jane Eyre is more than a fairy tale trope- it is the triumph of the changeling heroine over the angelic Beauty. Unlike the stereotypical Romantic heroines in Brontes juvenilia, this changeling is strong enough to achieve her own happy ending.

Chapter Fourteen explores the significance of Janes triumph, contrasting it with the fate of Brontes early heroines.-Moreover, it is not only the heroine who must overcome the Romantic ideal of femininity, the Beast also needs to be aware of the insufficiency of the conventional Beauty.

Rochester, the Beast in Jane Eyre, is a Byronic hero type who has concluded that the Beauty does not satisfy. He does not know what he needs, but he recognizes her when she comes. Thus, Bronte finally works out the dilemma of the Beauty and the Beast through the addition of a new type of heroine, the changeling.-Chapter Fifteen concludes the thesis with a brief examination of the after-life of the changeling heroine in literature and film.-1 In the Western folklore tradition, the changeling is a foundling who is both fairy and human (OED).

2 The research for Chapters Five, Six, and Seven was made possible by the Bronte Library at Haworth. It has been an invaluable resource, especially their collection of Blackwoods Magazine articles from the early nineteenth-century.



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