Jane Eyre Lecture 2 Jane 2014.pptx - JANE JANE AS ORPHAN...

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JANE
JANE AS ORPHAN FIGUREThe orphan figure is commonly used in Victorian LiteratureWuthering Heights – HeathclifGreat Expectations – Pip Oliver Twist – Oliver
JANE AS ORPHAN FIGUREThe orphan figure is positioned as the outsider who experiences isolation and alienationo‘I […] contrived to frame a meagre, though as far as it went, true response. “For one thing, I have no father or mother, brothers or sisters”’ (p24)In this manner, the orphan figure allows Bronte to garner sympathy from readers
JANE AS ORPHAN FIGUREThe orphan figure provides writers with a blank slate to work with; a tabula rasa that:oIs not plagued by preconceived ideas or predetermined goals influenced by societyoWill acquire knowledge from social, moral and spiritual experiences
JANE AS ORPHAN FIGUREThe orphan figure thus ofers writers opportunities for moral shaping – characters shape Jane’s morals and guide her safely into the Victorian social fabric:oMrs ReedoBessieoMs TempleoHelenoBrocklehurstoRochesteroSt John
JANE AS AMBIGUOUS CLASS FIGUREMore often than not, orphans are also ambiguous class figures, allowing writers to explore issues related to social class, especially aspirations of social mobilityBoth as a lower-class child and as a middle-class governess, Jane breaks the boundaries which keep social hierarchies in placeo‘They are not fit to associate with me’ (p27)o‘I don’t think, sir, you have a right to command me’ (p133)
JANE AS AMBIGUOUS CLASS FIGUREJane struggles for self-respect and equality in a class-ridden societyo‘He is not of your order, keep to your caste’ (p162)o‘I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities […] it is my spirit that addresses your spirit […] equal – as we are!’ (p253)
JANE AS AMBIGUOUS CLASS FIGUREAs Jane rises up the social ladder and becomes a lady, her union with Rochester ultimately validates this struggleo‘You are genteel enough; you look like a lady’ (p91)o‘Bessie Leaven had said I was quite a lady; and she spoke truth: I was a lady’ (p157)o‘You claimed your rank as my equal’ (p262)
JANE’S DEVELOPMENT

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