Jane Eyre is described as plain rather than beautiful. Would the plot of the novel still make sense if Jane were beautiful? How would the story be different if Jane were not poor? Why does it matter?
In the novel Jane Eyre by Jane Austin, the main character Jane is continually described throughout the book as “plain” and not naturally attractive. However, her kindred and charming personality makes up for her attractiveness and ultimately wins the heart of Rochester. Time and time again we see in the novel that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and someone’s nature can sometimes be more beautiful than someone’s exterior. Jane is also poor and is reminded of it all though her childhood and into her early years. Only when she falls in love does she realize that money is not everything and the lines of different societal classes are blurred by love.
Jane is reminded of her plain appearance from the very beginnings of the novel. Miss Abbot talks about young Jane’s plainness when she says, "if she were a nice, pretty child, one might compassionate her forlornness; but one really cannot care for such a little toad as that." This comment really displays how women in that era were often judged by their beauty, or lack-there-of. Miss Abbot is essentially saying that if Jane were pretty, it could make up for her dreary disposition. Then, she blatantly says she is as ugly as a “toad”. Jane is told often that she is unattractive when she is young, and those words carry their way into her adulthood. Without a loving person in her life to dote on her simple beauty, Jane forms a view on of herself based on others words. Jane explains how she sees her lack of beauty, “ “I ever wished to look as well as I could, and to please as much as my want of beauty would permit. I sometimes regretted that I was not handsomer: I sometimes wished to have rosy cheeks, a straight nose, and small cherry mouth; I desired to be tall, stately, and finely developed in figure; I...
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