Jane Eyre as a Cinderella Story

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Jenni Peppercorn

Phillip Havard

A.P. English IV

18 November 2010

Just Another Cinderella Story?

In many ways Jane Eyre is very comparable to Cinderella. Characters, settings, situations, accomplishments, hardships, the happing ending, these things all add up for a classic Cinderella story. Jane keeps a peaceful and positive mindset in her not so ideal childhood and makes something of herself on her own when she grows up. Becoming a woman of integrity who falls in love with her prince charming in the end; living happily ever after.

In the very beginning Jane’s story is relative to Cinderella’s. Her wicked Aunt, Mrs. Reed, the three evil step-siblings, Eliza, John and Georginia, fit the original story to a “T”. Jane is seen as nothing more than an Orphan in her so called family’s eyes. She is excluded from everything that the rest of the family does. She is also expected to act as a servant for the family. Accordingly, these things make Jane feel inferior to the family especially the children. Not only does Jane fell inferior as far as her social status, but in the way of her self-worth as well. Jane feels plain compared to her cousins because of the constant taunting from her aunt and the other children. But despite all of these unsparing circumstances, Jane still holds herself together as a level headed young lady.

Until Jane is sent away to school, which is still not so ideal at times, she has very limited opportunities. Most of the ideas Jane conceives of a normal adult life come from books. Her imagination and forward thinking mind are what keep her from crumbling in obdurate crisis. Many times Jane is locked in the redroom just as Cinderella was locked away in the attic. The composed aura of both of the girls is what makes them the heroine of the story.

When Jane first goes to school things are still not utopian. She still feels like a misfit, like Cinderella when she is goes to the first ball. Shortly after arriving though Jane...
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