Victorian literature's greatest heroine: Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennet?

Victorian literature's greatest heroine: Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennet?

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet are two of literature's most beloved characters. Jane Eyre, eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brontë's novel, is an orphan who survives deprivation and abuse to become a governess for the mysterious Rochester. Elizabeth Bennet of "Pride and Prejudice" is born to the upper classes, but is one of five sisters with paltry inheritances. Both characters are self-reliant, feisty, and independent—but who is the best heroine?⚜️

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#JaneEyreFTW
31.7%
#ElizabethBennetFTW
68.3%

Over at Drunk Writer Talk, Stephanie Doyle says that Jane Eyre is the real OG because of the terrible circumstances she surmounts:

1. Way more tragic childhood to overcome. Orphan, horrible foster family, awful school, death of her best friend.
2. Her spirit. While both women share a tremendous spirit, which is why I think we love them, Jane has to really work to hold on to herself while so many forces in her life try to suppress and crush that spirit. 
3. She’s a working woman. Now I know Elizabeth essentially couldn’t work given her status, but this is my pick and I like that fact that Jane has that independent element about herself.
4. More of a risk taker. This no one can deny. Elizabeth really doesn’t risk much, while Jane perpetually risks everything for a better life.

But Elizabeth Bennet is truly one of the most sparkling and charismatic characters ever written. True, she is not an impoverished orphan whose friends all die of typhus. But she does risk poverty and ostracism from society if she does not find a husband—and yet she still rejects several marriage offers because she refuses to spend her life with a man she does not love or respect. For the 17th century, that was pretty ballsy. Plus, she is sarcastic, witty, and hilarious.

 Jane Eyre is nothing if not a fierce and tenacious survivor, whereas Elizabeth never even had a job.

Sure, Lizzy Bennet walked a few hours in the mud, but Jane slept on the freaking moors!

It's almost impossible to read "Pride and Prejudice" and not be in love with Elizabeth Bennet. She's so funny, loyal, and smart. Even Jane Austen was obsessed with her.

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