Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses this theme of self-sacrifice in his novel, The Scarlet Letter, by using countless examples of characterization. He paints two living embodiments of Stafford’s quote: Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale.
Through Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte expresses numerous issues of the Victorian Era. Class and gender inequality, race prejudices, colonialism, and religious beliefs are all but few of the problems addressed. Throughout the novel, Jane struggles with her dilemmas, namely the choice between moral duty and earthly pleasures, and the obligation to her spirit and attention to her body.