The paper makes a comparative study of Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre based on the comparison between Charlotte and Jane’s life experiences, and The Life of Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre are the main sources. The comparison is made from five parts: the childhood, the school life, the career life, the marriages, and the family life. Through the comparison it can be found that almost everything in Jane Eyre has its origin in Charlotte’s life, and there are a lot of similarities between Charlotte and Jane’s life experiences. But at the same time some distinct differences are also found: Jane’s situation in Lowood School is much worse than Charlotte’s in Clergy Daughters’ School; Jane’s career life is much smoother and relatively plainer; Jane is luckier in her marriages; Jane enjoys much longer happy family life than Charlotte. Then the psychology compensation theory is applied in analyzing the differences, and it shows that the main differences between Charlotte and Jane’s lives are mainly resulted from Charlotte’s psychological compensation, it also reveals that Charlotte’s ideal life is the one that Jane lives.
As the paper only studies the life experiences of Charlotte and Jane Eyre, the conclusion may not be applied to other situations. A study that includes the characteristics and values of Charlotte and Jane Eyre would be more comprehensive.
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