debussygirl wrote:Then, when Jane is about to agree to marry someone else she hears his voice calling, "Jane! Jane!" And she responds, "Where are you? Where are you?" This was like Bella's Edward hallucinations. Then Jane comes back to find Mrs. Rochester died and she marries Mr. Rochester-like Bella and Edward's reunion and eventually their marriage.
I agree! I thought immediately of New Moon when I read the part where Mr. Rochester's voice calling, "Jane! Jane!" And she responds, "Where are you? Where are you?" I teared up, because it shows how deeply love can alter two people to be perpetually aware of one another.
I also love the similarities between Jane and Bella. Both are very strong first-person narrators, who don't really esteem themselves as anything more than ordinary. However, it is their inner strength, fortitude and ability to love fiercely that draws their soul mates to them. Edward draws the attention of almost all his female peers, and Mr. Rochester is also admired by many women, some more specifically than others. However, even though the 'other women' in both books are generically pretty (jessica/ i can't remember the other lady's name in JE), they are incredibly shallow and devoid of anything that attracts Edward/Rochester.
Both books also write about sensuality in a way that was revolutionary for the time, except in opposite ways. JE was considered a 'naughty book' at the time it was published (but by today's standards is squeaky clean). Twilight, on the other hand, writes about sensuality in the same way - hinting at it, letting it boil behind the surface. However, in today's literary world, Twilight is revolutionary because
of the fact that it is sensual, but chaste.
Great books. There's alot of other similarities, but those are the ones that first came to mind.