Novels did not always show things exactly as they were in reality. Sometimes, they gave us a vision of how things ought to be. Social novelists often created heroes and heroines with ideal qualities, whom the readers could admire and imitate.
In many novels written in colonial period, hero faced the dilemma how to be modern without rejecting or losing one’s own tradition. Heroes and heroines of the modern time were different from the old, mythological character, but they did not adopt the Western values completely.
The modern heroes-heroines showed readers how Indian and foreign lifestyles could be brought together in an ideal combination.
After this, Charlotte wrote Shirley and Villette. Shirley is written in third person and lacks the emotional immediacy of Jane Eyre.