Jane Eyre Essay | Similarities between Bita of Banana Bottom and Shakespeare's Portia and Jane Eyre

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Similarities between Bita of Banana Bottom and Shakespeare's Portia and Jane Eyre

Summary: Author Claude McKay, throughout all of his novels, investigates how the concepts of class worked in a world dominated by capitalism and colonialism. His protagonists are black intellectuals, a rarity in their society, who can find symbolism and inspiration in the most complex works of classical writers or the simplest Negro spiritual, yet struggle to find their place in society. While studying under his English expatriate mentor, McKay would have inevitably stumbled across Shakespeare's works and possibly one of his most famous comedies The Merchant of Venice. One of classical theatre's most complex heroines: the cross-dressing heiress, Portia, a character in one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, might have inspired and ultimately influenced McKay's writing of the character Bita.
Author Claude McKay, throughout all of his novels, investigates how the concepts of class worked in a world dominated by capitalism and colonialism. His protagonists are black intellectuals, a rarity in their society, who can find symbolism and inspiration in the most complex works of classical writers or the simplest Negro spiritual, yet struggle to find their place in society. In Banana Bottom the protagonist Bita Plant is adopted and sent to England from Jamaica by white missionary benefactors and returns to her home village of Banana Bottom seven years later a beautiful, cultured young lady. Despite the evangelical guidance of her foster parents and friendship with a white squire, Bita is increasingly drawn to the vitality of her more natural culture with its festivals, superstitions, revival meetings, and passionate courtships. Throughout the novel, McKay's character Bita seems...

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