Do unto others: Learning empathy in Agnes Grey
Miele, Kathryn. (2008) Do unto others: Learning empathy in Agnes Grey. Bronte Studies, Vol.33 (Part 1). pp. 9-19. ISSN 1474-8932Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489308X259569
The central problem facing Agnes Grey is that of bow to teach someone to 'feel' for someone else. Agnes has trouble understanding those who make no attempt to understand others; she meets with very little consideration herself and is appalled by the failure of those she meets to exhibit compassion. As governess and narrator, she reflects upon the process of learning empathy, which often seems beyond the reach of her pupils and many of their acquaintances. Factors such as rank and different types of influence in appropriating compassion, the economy of emotional resources, the power of example and surveillance, and religious lessons about the treatment of the less fortunate are considered in the novel and by its heroine. In Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte, explores the importance of empathy to the humane development of the moral person, as well as the wider social implications of learning to consider the feelings of others.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PR English literature|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Bronte Studies|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 9-19|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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