In Defense of Antoinette Cosway Mason, the Original Mrs. Rochester

In Defense of Antoinette Cosway Mason, the Original Mrs. Rochester

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That moment when you’re walking down the aisle and then find out that your groom was not only already married the entire time you were dating, but had his wife stuffed in the attic WHILE YOU WERE LIVING IN THAT SAME HOUSE. Right? No? Exactly, no. Because no one with a bare-bones sense of humanity would actually do that. I’m sending that poor woman a fruit basket with a key hidden under the pineapple, an escape map of the Rochester grounds, and a machete in case she wants to get revenge on her way out. Before I found out about …

10 Jane Eyre Quotes For Those With a Fierce Spirit

10 Jane Eyre Quotes For Those With a Fierce Spirit

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I remember it took me until college to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I had some expectations and ideas since everyone and their mom had read it before. Plus anyone aware of the literary canon has this at the top of their list. It was a pretty hefty read, but from the start Jane was one of those people  I really wanted to be.   Her strong spirit and self assurance was inspiring and something many of us wish for. Her relationship with Mr. Rochester was rocky, but she held her own and stayed true. Basically I wanted to …

5 Literary Heroines Who Were Feminists Before Feminism Even Existed

5 Literary Heroines Who Were Feminists Before Feminism Even Existed

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Our understanding of feminism has evolved over the course of the many years since the term was first coined in 1848. After the first Women’s Conference was held in Seneca Falls, we were introduced to this very important social movement. Originally used as a platform to work towards greater social changes such as abolition of slavery and the Temperance movement, feminism has in and of itself become something even greater than that. While we’re on the topic of feminism, let’s take a look at some strong female literary characters whose existence came about before the advent of this movement.    1. Jane Eyre, Jane …

Isn’t It Byronic? The 5 Byronic Heroes We Love to Hate

Isn’t It Byronic? The 5 Byronic Heroes We Love to Hate

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Oh, Lord Byron. What beautiful poetry and prose you provided us at the height of the Romantic movement. Poems like Don Juan, “She Walks In Beauty,” and “Prometheus.” But what else have we inherited all of these years later from your words and personality? The Byronic Hero—that’s what. What is the Byronic Hero exactly? Oh, he’s a character who embodies the tell-tale signs of an anti-hero. He’s exceedingly brooding, tends to dwell in isolation, exemplifies traits of arrogance, and yes, he of course is an intensely enigmatic figure of romance for our literary heroines in the works in which he appears.   When I …