by Charlotte Bronte
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnet 43 is better known by it's popular first line, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Elizabeth Barret Browning's Sonnet 43 is one of the most famous poems in the English language.Pair “Sonnet 43” with “Excerpts from Jane Eyre” and ask students to compare the two texts. Are there similar themes or language in both pieces? How do the relationships compare?
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
- Jane Austen
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist who is famous for writing works of romantic fiction set among the British upper class. Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, deals with the issues of class, marriage, manners, and morality. In this scene, the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett, is visited by Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who is furious about a rumor she heard that could threaten her plans for her daughter.Pair “Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” with “Excerpt from Jane Eyre” and ask students to compare how each protagonist responds to challenges in their romantic relationships. How does class and social status factor play a role in each text?