Agnes Grey(Yixiu Zhou) - Yixiu Zhou Eike Kronshage The Novels of the Bront Sisters Agnes Grey Lack of Imaginative Vitality As we have discussed in last

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Yixiu ZhouEike KronshageThe Novels of the Brontë SistersAgnes Grey: Lack of Imaginative Vitality?As we have discussed in last session, Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey share quite a few similarities. For example, in both works, the heroines are governesses who deal with unruly and disrespectful students, find their dreamed men and enjoy a happy marriage at the end of the story. However, Anne’s work - Agnes Grey, being accused of “extravagant overcoloring in those very parts that were carefully copied from the life, with the most scrupulous avoidance of all exaggeration....” and also “shared the passionate introversion of her sisters but lacked their imaginative vitality”(Anis 27), is paid relatively less attention compared with the two greater works by her sisters: Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.As far as I am concerned, among Jane from Jane Eyre, Agnes from Agnes Grey, and Catherine from Wuthering Heights these three characters, Agnes does come closer to the portrayal of a modern woman. Nevertheless, people sometimes are attracted to the stories with which they resonate the most. And actually, I enjoy reading Agnes Grey just as the bitter story of Jane Eyre, which I will discuss in the following details.Agnes Grey: Living in the ObscurityIn the beginning of the book, Agnes’ personality is described quite alike to Jane’s. Being raised in

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