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Parallels In Charlotte Brontes masterpiece Jane Eyre of the Victorian period and the Romance of Tristan and Iseult as retold by Joseph Bedier the couples that find themselves in love are Jane Eyre with Edward Rochester and Tristan with Iseult Both couples face major obstacles that jeopardize or destroy their relationship Some of the characteristics of romantic love used in these two works are suffering for one another in a variety of ways constant thought of one another and most vital to these particular tales the overcoming of obstacles The parallels between the two novels extend beyond these but there are some obvious differences In both novels the love of the two protaganists is forbidden by social obstacles all very important In the case of Tristan and Iseult it is the marriage of Iseult to King Mark and in Jane Eyre and Edward Rochesters instance it is Edwards marriage to Bertha his insane wife who is contained in the attic Iseult and Mark could never be divorced as that was not an option in feudal times Edward and Bertha also could not be divorced for several reasons The only truly acceptable cause for divorce in Victorian times was infidelity Bertha was always faithful she only later became insane Edward highly resents Bertha and makes it clear He calls her a hideous demon a filthy burden and a maniac336 342 ch 27 when Jane learns of his secret hiding in the attic If Iseult resents her marriage to Mark or Tristan resent his to Iseult of the White hands they do not make it clear In their case they dont feel comtempt for their spouses only desire fo r one another outside of their marriages A major difference between the two is the conditions of their love Tristan and Iseult have no choice They consumed a potion intended for Iseult and Mark to drink together without knowledge of its magical implications They drank together out of
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