Point of View and Narration in the Color Purple and Jane Eyre

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Finding a Voice: Point of View and Narration in The Color Purple and Jane Eyre "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambitioned inspired, and success achieved." Notable words expressed by Helen Keller. She mentions the character of a person must suffer through hardships in order for the soul to build up, like a muscle, and thus achieve a goal through inspiration. Whether it comes from within, or from someone else, inspiration can be found in the novels, The Color Purple, and Jane Eyre. How the reader discovers this inspiration through the characters' eyes is an amazing journey of self discovery. This self discovery takes shape from both novels …show more content…
The author forces the reader into Celie's world without apologies because of the way Celie writes; it's almost as if she was alive. Likewise, as in Jane Eyre, Celie explains things the best she can, in the first person, on the other hand, her viewpoint is more immediate and concise than Jane's because of her limited vocabulary and slang, "He beat me today cause he say I winked at a boy in church. I may have got somethin in my eye but I didn't wink. I don't even look at mens." (Walker 5). The author uses language and speech to make these colorful characters come alive. In contrast, with Jane Eyre, the technique Charlotte Brontë wrote for the novel, picaresque, she has the reader follow Jane from place to place, meeting new people. As Jane finds herself in different situations, she knows as much as the reader knows because events are happening in the present tense. Sometimes a character recalls from their past, but mostly the reader follows along and experiences with Jane what and when she experiences new events and feelings in the present. The technique of first person and of writing the novel in a picaresque way gives the reader a less chance to foreshadow events to come, for example, in the case of finding Bertha locked in the attack. Even though we get a first hand account of what Jane's thinking and feeling, just like Celie, Jane can describe her thoughts more articulately than Celie, but Jane is thinking to herself and also

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