Monthly Archives: September 2016

Love and Restraint: Jane’s Struggle to Strike a Balance

Throughout our time reading the novel as a class, we have discussed at length Jane Eyre’s struggle for love throughout her life. Growing up in a rather loveless environment is what created and fostered her strong desire to be loved … Continue reading

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The Power of Pronouns

In my blog post I want to draw attention to a passage that we went over in class. On page 484, Jane chooses to leave St. John and go back to Thornfield, and she explains her decision to us, the … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre: Autonomous Individual, or Slave to Passion?

*Note to classmates: the first three paragraphs constitute about 250 words. You should not feel obligated to read beyond that point.* The class has reached the consensus that Jane seeks freedom and liberation. The question, however, remains unanswered: does Jane … Continue reading

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Jane’s Escape from Thornfield: Driven by Reason or Passion?

Despite Jane’s occasional acts of rebellion, her character is usually defined by her practical nature. Throughout Jane Eyre, Jane is frequently reigning in her emotions to act with prudence rather than passion. When describing Jane, Mr. Rochester asserts, “The forehead … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre: The Beauty Issue

Beauty plays an unconventional role in Jane Eyre. Often, as readers, we expect and even hope for attractive descriptions of our leading couple. This is likely ingrained in us through societal influences that I will not digress into here. But … Continue reading

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Rochester’s Burden

Although Kipling wrote “The White Man’s Burden” after Bronte wrote Jane Eyre, the ideas and sentiments of the imperialist mission and mindset are the same in both texts. A Jamaican Creole, Bertha cannot be considered essentially a pure being. She … Continue reading

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Jane’s Weird Relationship With Class

In many ways, one can read Jane Eyre as a sort of novel of liberation. After all, the very idea of a woman writing/ being the subject of such a story was revolutionary for the time. However revolutionary its gender … Continue reading

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The Roast of Mr. Rivers

St. John resembles the stoic, reserved Beowulf-esque hero of old, exhibiting unparalleled restraint and an impassioned desire to carry out an epic mission of God. However, he is ill placed in the novel, Jane Eyre, because the novel portrays complex … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Sight and Sound in Jane Eyre

The presence of the supernatural is alluded to throughout Jane Eyre in the form of voices, sounds and laughter. Whether it’s depicted in her initial fear of the red room or her obsession with Grace Poole, Jane clearly believes in … Continue reading

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Religion in Jane Eyre

“I trust, Jane, you are in earnest when you say you will give your heart to God: it is all I want. Once wrench your heart from man, and fix it on your Maker, the advancement of that Maker’s spiritual … Continue reading

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