Monday, February 06, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017 10:28 am by Cristina in , ,    No comments
Alligator tries to explain how Donald Trump came to be President of the United States and what the outcome of that will be by cleverly using a couple of Brontë metaphors:
[America] wanted to be swept away by this brooding anti-hero, give some excitement to her humdrum life and maybe even change him in the end.
And sometimes that’s the case. The brooding anti-hero of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” was one of those cases — redeemed by love, we all forgave him for locking his wife up in an attic and lying about her existence, just because he loved Jane so damn much. This type of redemption arc is popular with today’s anti-heroes, and both the sweet, innocent girl and the brooding bad boy benefit. The girl learns to live a little, and the boy shapes up some.
However, the problem is that in real life when you meet a brooding bad boy at a club, it doesn’t really play out with a happily ever under. Despite all of America’s friends warning her about this potentially dangerous suitor, she fell for him.
How will this love story turn out? Well, right now, it looks like we’re in the darker part. Mr. Rochester has just revealed his wife is locked up in his attic, and Heathcliff from “Wuthering Heights” has gone off brooding in the moors. Perhaps, like Rochester, this love affair can be redeemed. Or perhaps, as in the case of Heathcliff, both parties will be destroyed by their own passionate affair and brutal arrogance.
The Economist discusses why 'Television networks, too, are increasingly finding new content in old stories' and points to the fact that,
Stories have been reinvented for centuries. Shake­s­peare reworked Chaucer’s poem “Troilus and Criseyde” into a play. “The Lion King” bears a noticeable trace of “Hamlet”. In “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1966), Jean Rhys unravelled the history of Antoinette Cosway, Mr Rochester’s spurned wife in “Jane Eyre”. These works provoke us into analysing the original story: what was left out, and why? Why do its themes endure? (Rachel Lloyd)
Culturamas (Spain) has an article on Charlotte Brontë. Nick Holland writes about Ellen Nussey on AnneBrontë.org.

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