Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and Charlotte Brontë’s Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre) are members of an elite group in the British literary canon: the Byronic Heroes. But who is a better character? A better man? A better initially-ill-conceived-but-ultimately-heart-throbbing love interest? In the interest of SCIENCE, I will borrow Forever Young Adult’s Highly Scientific Analysis™ to find out!
Spoiler warning: Both Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice have several juicy twists and turns, many of which I will discuss in detail. I know it was practically impossible to escape high school English class without reading something by Jane Austen or a Brontë sister, but if you haven’t read these books and you want to remain pure, turn back now! If you have read these books or you just don’t care, read on!
Without further ado, let the great Darcy VS Rochester battle commence!