The common element that depicts comparison between the “Midnight’s children” and the literary work shown in Jane Eyre is that the stories are based on a fictitious thought that resonates through the scenes. For instance, both literary works bear magical realism as the major theme from the happenings. This is due to the elements of supernatural powers that the major characters show. In the Midnights children, the children who were believed to have been born at night are shown to assume supernatural powers and gifts, where the likes of Saleem bear the telepathic power that aids in reconnection with the children of a common time of birth. It is this elemental power that aids him in convening a ‘midnight’s children conference” (Rushdie 5).
This synthesis is born out of fiction, just like the scene where Jane Eyre sees the visions of the dead uncle. It is evident that there is not any form of reunion between the dead and the living, but this fact is contravened when Jane Eyre meets the ghost of her dead uncle after being confined in the room where the latter died. This is depiction of fiction, which helps to show the root of the tribulations of Jane Eyre (Brontë 2).
The other comparison between the scenes in the “Midnight children” and “Jane Eyre” is the bravery in the main characters shown by Saleem on one part and Jane Eyre on the other. Saleem is shown to be in contest with the Indira Gandhi, where he is imprisoned as a political prisoner. On his part, he does not seem to care about the consequences of the attempts to fight oppressive systems, where the results culminate in his detention. He misuses his supernatural powers to display his charismatic attributes through convening the conference wit the children born at his time and space. The characteristic attributes of charisma also enable him to revolt against the oppressive systems of governance leading to his detention. This shows his bravery in character (Rushdie 50). This bravery in character is also evident in the actions of Jane Eyre, whom after the realization that she lives under poor patronage of an oppressive aunt; she decides to walk away without caring about the consequences that would befall her. This led to the life of tribulations that followed to the extent where she meets the patronage of Rochester. After realizing that the patron was immoral, she decided to walk away claiming, “who in the world cares for you” as a form of condemnation to the patron(Brontë 37).
Consequently, in both cases, there is the manifestation of acquisition of the supernatural power with the evident telepathic abilities in the “Midnight’s Children” that are comparable to the supernatural power that Jane Eyre acquires after the incident of her uncle’s death. It is evident that the telepathic power of Saleem results from the conviction that every child born at the midnight was assigned some supernatural powers. This power helps Saleem to acquire the charismatic features that aid in convening a meeting for the children with a common disposition to this power. This also leads to the adventures and tribulations that befall Saleem over the attack on the overreach of Indira Gandhi. Comparatively, Jane is considered a witch by Rochester because of the supernatural powers she acquired during the confinement in the house where her uncle died. It is evident that she sees the visions of her uncle, which colludes with the consideration that she had supernatural illusions (Rushdie 34; Brontë 23).
The story “Midnight’s Children” also has a common ideology that correlates with the peers of Jane Eyre in the classroom at Lowood in that the management systems in both cases are inclined to hypocrisy. The children are forced fend on poor meals, where the overseer of the institution rebukes Miss temple for having advanced a share of extra food to the children with, “"man shall not live by bread alone” to depict the hypocrisy in his character (Brontë 45). This is because of the commonness in the tribulations that befall the midnight children and the classmates at the school. For the classmates, subjection to the cold room, poor meals, and unhealthy water is the cause of different illnesses and consequent deaths. For instance, when the children undergo this form of stress, there is an evident outbreak of a typhus epidemic, which kills most of them except for a few survivors like Jane Eyre whose conviction is based on the supernatural intervention (Brontë 37). The element of the root of synthesis for the outbreak of diseases defines the comparison in the depiction of fiction in both cases (Brontë 65).
The similarity between the “Midnight’s Children” and “Jane Eyre” also lies in the ability to reunion with the descendants after death. This means that in both cases, there was an evident resurrection of the dead although born out of the conviction of the mind of the contenders (Rushdie 52). For Saleem, being in the outside world without the close touch with his peers called “the midnight children” did not deter his efforts of using his telepathic powers to get in touch. Consequently, the supernatural powers help Jane Eyre to get in touch with the uncle even if this aspiration was born out of panic due to her being in the room of death. It is evident that this was caused by the supernatural powers that were not bestowed to other relatives of Jane’s aunt, who could not experience the visions of the dead Reeds. This also proves the contention with the fictitious elements aroused in both stories, where magical realism is the major theme depicting the lives of the main characters (Brontë 48).
The major difference in the plot setting of the two literary works is the depiction of the theme of atonement and forgiveness. In “Jane Eyre”, this theme is elucidated in the mannerisms of Jane Eyre, in “The Midnight’s Children”, the events themselves contravene with the elements of the theme. This is from the fact that Rochester in “Jane Eyre” is a character tormented by his past misdeeds; he is aware of the vices and tribulations that he had committed to Jane Eyre as a sadist. Realization of the sins committed is a form of making the first step towards seeking salvation and forgiveness. These characteristics help him to obtain reassurance in a formal marriage to Jane Eyre, which contravenes with the unforgiving nature of Saleem in the “Midnight’s Children” (Rushdie 59).
Moreover, Jane’s aunt realizes that the only form of solace in life after the subsequent deaths of her family members is to bring Jane back to her home and treat her as the only remaining kin. This shows that she is aware of the sins she had earlier committed subjecting Eyre to various forms of suffering. This is in contravention with the thinking of Saleem who does not seem to realize the effects of his protagonist ideologies. This made him engage in wars that tore apart the subcontinent to which he belonged. This is evidently the cause of the tribulations that befall his family leading to unresolved migrations from the one continent to the other in search of peace. The only form of peace he obtains from the endeavors is an imprisonment sentence, which also depicts the poor political setting of the historical injustices in his country (Brontë 47).
The other difference underlying in the two literary works is the liberation of the mind. While this theme is evident in the story of Jane Eyre, the political setting in the “Midnight’s Children” does not depict such an amount of freedom to give liberation of the mind. This is because the postcolonial era in India could not define the freedom of citizens resulting in the state of emergency depicted by the Indira Gandhi. This leads to the life of bondage with the coevals of Saleem being imprisoned, which further reaps off their right of freedom. This contravenes with the final situation in the character traits depicted in “Jane Eyre”, where after the realization of the sins committed, the characters reform to be the champions of liberation of freedom of the minds of the young people like Jane. For instance, the aunt gets in touch with the niece to liberate her from the foreign land although in vain (Rushdie 72).
Overly, the situational mandate of both the “Midnight’s Children” and “Jane Eyre” revolves around the theme of magical realism in order to depict the past social injustices evident in the communities within the jurisdiction of the main characters. This magical realism is portrayed through the ascribed traits that lead the characters to the tribulations, which they face in the form of the attack on the political injustices to the systems of governance. The difference in the systems of governance lies at the level of consideration, where in the “Midnight’s Children, the political injustices are defined at a national level while the tribulations of social injustices in the story of Jane Eyre are majorly at the societal level.