Comparing Jane Eyre with Pamela

As I continue my reading, I’m very curious to see how each work compares and contrasts to those which came before. Part of this project is about tracing the evolution of the romance novel and associated tropes and archetypal characters. This post will be comparing Jane Eyre with Pamela and Pride and Prejudice and I will work on similar comparisons…

Why I don’t like Pamela

The more I think about Pamela, the less I feel I can identify with any characters across the gulf of time. I really don’t like Mr B, but I don’t like Pamela either. She’s not just a Mary Sue (so beautiful! beloved by all! excellent at needlework and playing the spinnet!), she’s a Pollyanna, too. I don’t like Pamela What…