ThemesoReligionoFeminismNo power of women but Jane doesWomen could only be governesses or teachers oSocial ClassWhat do the rich dooFamilyBlood family sees her as orphan and pennilessObligationsRivers carry on, strongReeds are hollow and weakSinner John v St. JohnEyre (Air) full of lifeoDutyMrs. ReedoLoyaltyoInner v outer beautyJaneRochesterInner beauty, power oLoveMen and womenFamily membersoDeathHow to face death?oKnowledge v ignoranceJane is educated compared to Reed cousinsoPrejudiceMoneylooksoWealth v povertyprejudiceoEducationNot everyone believed in education for womenSt. John’s school unusualoRole/ power of women v menWomen have to manipulate for power Men have automaticallyoIsolation
Jane at party but w/ no oneoChildhood v adulthoodWe see Jane’s growthoMadnessBerthaoMoralityJane’s very strong moralsLeaves her loveNarration- examine the narratoroExcluded or isolated individualIs she really isolated?What do others think?oVictimoRebeloMotherlessoReliable teller of truthoWomanoRejected attempts to fit in w/ societyo1st-person perspectiveoRelationship to readerShe addresses reader directlyValidate her story, her sideoDegree of omniscienceMotifs/symbolsoRed roomGhost haunted it Never leaves her, always afraid of itAt the mercy of eventssees ghoststerrifiedVictimEmotionally traumatizedoImages of windows/gazing/looking/being inspecting/spyingPartially b/c of red roomFeels she’s being watchedWe are watching herGhostsBertha watching her oFire and ice
ContrastsRochester pure passion, fireSt. John ice no passionBertha is extreme fire, burns herself out everything Jane is afraid of beingJane’s cooler, calmeroNature and characters’ moral condition and state of mindPathetic fallacyoThornfield v FerndeanThorns are sharp and protect roseThornfield is a roseDestroys her and his painfulMeets her loveBig and grandBurns and emptyFern is an evergreenFerndeanIs nature at its finestLushness, always brightCottage, simpleoSurrogate mothersMrs. ReedMrs. FairfieldJane to AdeleoBertha Mason (what she represents to Jane)Character foil for JaneEverything Jane doesn’t want to beGothic ElementsoMysterious elements and supernatural elements to frighten readersoGothic labels from the setting, gloomy, dark, castles (red room)oArchitecture considered barbaric unsightly by classic and Romanesque architects.