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Jane Eyre Research HomeworkWhat sort of narrative techniques/voices are evident? Do these change? If so, why, and at what points?Is Jane Eyre a feminist novel?What role does class, or class identity, play?What does the novel suggest about the development of the self over time?What roles do religion and morality play? What sort of connections/tensions are there between these things?Gateshead– is a barrier between her and the outside worldThornfield– faces thorny issues of Rochester's pastFirst person?The narrative is from the perspective of the protagonist and therefore is Jane's perspective.1.This lends a sense of authenticity of the book. We are privy to Jane's thoughts. We become her confidants as we share her passions and secret thoughts about Rochester.2.Direct appeals to the reader almost manipulate the reader to jump on her band wagon, and empathise.3.Encourages identification with the protagonist.4.When this was written in the 19thcentury, women narrators were very rare.5.This approach however also makes one question the reliability as it comes from oneside.GENRENot a simple or conventional romance, instead of damsel in distress, Jane rescues Rochester after his horse falls overRealism within this novel allow us to characterise this is a fairytale also. The texts alludes in the direction of Jane Eyre as a Cinderellafigure.Quite Gothic also. Terror, paranoia, inexplicable, irrational. Grace Poole or Bertha?Autobiographical – the life story of Jane, selective, taken from moral and religious development. To write an autobiography is to create structure and order.Bildungsroman are usually associated with male protagonists, it is strange that Bronte's novel is about her resistance rather than her link to society.Social comment novel as it comments on many social aspects of the time, namely, age, occupation, gender, expectations, religion, etc.Governess novel, middle-class who has to work, educated and a growing anxiety for such people.
GENDERIn 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote to Charlotte Bronte,"Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishmentand a recreation,"Gender camouflage, pseudonym 'Currer Bell'to avoid gender discrimination.Reviews of Jane Eyre attacked the femininity of the writer. Stated that such was a manly woman.Theme of pride pervades this is due to the fact that Jane questions the “status quo” and refuses to stay in “her place”.This gives insight into the strategies an author might use to avoid the stereotype of womenin the Victorian period. Names mean a lot in this book. Miss Temple, or Helen Burns.Jane stands up for what she believes and holds her morality very dear. She resists patriarchal authority.