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Explore the Portrayal of Marriage in These Two Extracts from Jane Eyre and to the Lighthouse Paying Close Attention to Language, Structure and Form with Some Wider Reading Essay

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The novels To the Lighthouse and Jane Eyre both portray marriage at different stages in the two different couples life, with the authors having a varied opinion on the closeness to the bond marriage makes. Using imagery heavily to illustrate this, To the Lighthouse portrays the weaknesses in the Victorian idea of marriage creating harmony whilst Jane Eyre shows a marriage that seemingly has perfect concord between man and wife using typical biblical references of Victorian literature. To the Lighthouse is structured specifically to show the conflicts within the Ramsay’s marriage whilst Jane Eyre takes the sole perspective of Jane and speaking for Mr Rochester as though they are one entity and therefore in cohesion with Victorian ideals.  
To the Lighthouse extract starts off with by Mr Ramsay repeating “He was a failure”, not because he wants to overemphasis his failure to himself but to make sure Mrs Ramsay can hear as well and perhaps comfort him. Mrs Ramsay is however slow to do this “flashing her needles”, this cold imagery speaks for how distant she is to her husband even though he is in the room, the example could also be extended to a mute response of warning to Mr Ramsay’s plea for sympathy by “flashing her needles” and that she is too busy to comfort him. The fact that Mr Ramsay does not notice this speaks for how disconnected he is to his wife and yet Mrs Ramsay can easily understand how he feels and what he wants, but feels reluctant to consoling him. As soon as she does turn her attention to her husband however, we can understand why. Mr Ramsay somewhat notices that his wife is exhausted “there was scarcely a shell of herself left for her to know herself by”, the extra sibilance on “scarcely a shell” makes apparent how quiet Mrs Ramsay is. Mr Ramsay nevertheless does not bother to understand her exhaustion or not it is partly his own fault, by demanding her attention he creates conflict for his wife who has to choose between being a good mother by...

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