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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>www.gutenberg.org/etext/9182 - Review

www.gutenberg.org/etext/9182 -

Website Review   by:snowwhite25    
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Villette-Charlotte bronte

According to me, Villette is the masterpiece of Charlotte Bronte. It is a novel beautifully written in a flowery language. Many of the human virtues and vices are personified in the novel. The personification of Hope, Sleep, Truth etc. are one of the striking features of the novel. The author has succeeded in building up a sense of proximity between the author and the reader. The novel is written  so artistically that it seems as if the protagonist is whispering the tale to the reader. The novelist psychologically analyses its prominent characters.All the mental proceedings of the protagonist are reflevcted as in a mirror. The wide-spread reading of the novelist is clearly visible- reference too many characters in Bible, Greek mythology, Pilgrim’s progress are seen. The narrative style is straight forward without beating about the bush.The novel is more concerned with character than action. Lucy Snowe, the protagonist is one of the most complex characters ever had in English literature.Most of the actions of Lucy Snowe are contrary to trhe expectations of the reader.She surprises the reader several times. Paul Emmanuel is another important character in the novel who becomes the friend of the protagonist towards the climax. True love is the main theme of the novel.The conflict between Protestantism  and Catholicism is another theme. This may be due to the influence of the Victorian age.Idealism of the novelist influences the character of the protagonist. Unlike the Victorian novels, Villette has an open end. It is the characteristic of modern novels.Here Bronte breaks the conventions of a Victorian novel The end represents the longing of a lonely woman to be loved and to love. The main characters in the novel are Lucy Snowe, Paul Emmanuel, John Bretton, Paulinottome, Mr. BassompireMadam Beck etc.

Published: June 12, 2008   
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