Saturday, November 29, 2008



"...for her complaint was consumption..." (pg. 79)

Consumption is actually the disease known as tuberculosis. Tuberculosis used to be a death sentence, but now TB can be treated with simple antibiotics. Tuberculosis is a disease that most commonly affects the lungs but can affect any organ in the body. Consumption was a common disease during Bronte's time and took a very long time to take its toll on the body. Helen's quiet suffering from TB highlights her martyr-like characterization. Helen would have had a perfectly good reason to be more of a whiny or less honorable girl, but instead she ignores her sickness and does her best to do what she feels is right in the eyes of her elders and God.


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