Jane Eyre Essay

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Jane Eyre Analyse the ways Charlotte Bronte has prompted you to understand and respond to great and provocative ideas in Jane Eyre. IDEAS: Love vs Autonomy Juxtaposition of Rochester and ST John Social Class Hierarchy Reeds or Blanche Ingram… Societal Conventions/ Gender relations Scene where Jane is on the roof Religion (a struggle between moral duty and earthly pleasures) Jane meets many religious figures: Mr Brocklehurst, Helen Burns, St-John, each present a model of religion that Jane ultimately rejects as she forms her own ideas about faith and principle and their practical consequences) Ideas about Societal Conventions Berwick book of British birds emancipation Bird/ Nature imagery “Bewick’s History of British Birds” “With Bewick’s on my knee, I was then happy: happy at least in my way” * Source of pleasure and escapism that allows her to leave the reality of Gates head * Birds are generally associated with freedom, having unrestricted access to the world, displays Jane’s need to be free of class restrictions * Clearly symbolic of Jane’s desire for emancipation (being set free from legal, social or political restrictions; liberation) * Jane can exercise her imagination a realm which she can control when all other areas of her life are curbed (Janes need for independence and to express herself) Characterisation of Jane- able to understand and respond through the way Jane reacts Feminist articulation on Thornfield hall roof: “Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel… they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation… it is thoughtless to condemn them... if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex”. Negative connotation in the word choice of ‘suffer’ and ‘thoughtless’ –allow reader to understand Jane’s rejection of

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