COM 5 Short Response Paper # 4 Jane Eyreby Charlotte Brontë Chooseone of the following topics. (250-350 words) Due at the beginning of lecture on Thursday, 2/21. 1. In The Morphology of the Folktale, Vladimir Propp offers a structural definition of fairy tales based on a set number of functions. A function drives the plot forward; it is “an act of a character, defined from the point of view of its significance for the course of the action.” Helen Burns might be said to function as a donor, “a mysterious individual who gives the protagonist gifts” as Jack Zipes describes the term in his rewriting of Propp’s sequence of functions. (See the resources section of Smart Site) Analyze the gift(s) that Helen gives Jane and construct an argument for why these gifts are so crucial to the narrative and character development of Jane Eyreas a whole (or up to Chapter XXVIII, if you have only read that far.) 2. The first mention of Thornfield as a Bluebeard’s castle is followed by the sound of a tragic, preternatural laugh (Chapter XI, p. 91).