Jane Eyre Notes - Themes o Religion o Feminism No power of...

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Themes o Religion o Feminism No power of women but Jane does Women could only be governesses or teachers o Social Class What do the rich do o Family Blood family sees her as orphan and penniless Obligations Rivers carry on, strong Reeds are hollow and weak Sinner John v St. John Eyre (Air) full of life o Duty Mrs. Reed o Loyalty o Inner v outer beauty Jane Rochester Inner beauty, power o Love Men and women Family members o Death How to face death? o Knowledge v ignorance Jane is educated compared to Reed cousins o Prejudice Money looks o Wealth v poverty prejudice o Education Not everyone believed in education for women St. John’s school unusual o Role/ power of women v men Women have to manipulate for power Men have automatically o Isolation
Jane at party but w/ no one o Childhood v adulthood We see Jane’s growth o Madness Bertha o Morality Jane’s very strong morals Leaves her love Narration- examine the narrator o Excluded or isolated individual Is she really isolated? What do others think? o Victim o Rebel o Motherless o Reliable teller of truth o Woman o Rejected attempts to fit in w/ society o 1 st -person perspective o Relationship to reader She addresses reader directly Validate her story, her side o Degree of omniscience Motifs/symbols o Red room Ghost haunted it Never leaves her, always afraid of it At the mercy of events sees ghosts terrified Victim Emotionally traumatized o Images of windows/gazing/looking/being inspecting/spying Partially b/c of red room Feels she’s being watched We are watching her Ghosts Bertha watching her o Fire and ice
Contrasts Rochester pure passion, fire St. John ice no passion Bertha is extreme fire, burns herself out everything Jane is afraid of being Jane’s cooler, calmer o Nature and characters’ moral condition and state of mind Pathetic fallacy o Thornfield v Ferndean Thorns are sharp and protect rose Thornfield is a rose Destroys her and his painful Meets her love Big and grand Burns and empty Fern is an evergreen Ferndean Is nature at its finest Lushness, always bright Cottage, simple o Surrogate mothers Mrs. Reed Mrs. Fairfield Jane to Adele o Bertha Mason (what she represents to Jane) Character foil for Jane Everything Jane doesn’t want to be Gothic Elements o Mysterious elements and supernatural elements to frighten readers o Gothic labels from the setting, gloomy, dark, castles (red room) o Architecture considered barbaric unsightly by classic and Romanesque architects.

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