Author Archives: Kelsey Quackenbush

The Morgan Library: The Brontë Exhibit

The photo below shows a first edition copy of Wuthering Heights and a first edition copy of Jane Eyre. I found this display at the exhibit really cool because on the copy of Wuthering Heights below the title, it says … Continue reading

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Selfie at The Morgan Library

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Who is the Parent? Who is the Child?

I found the discussion between Tess and her mother at the end of chapter twelve surprising given the characterization of their relationship in previous interactions earlier in the novel. Tess is initially depicted as the matriarchal figure within the family, … Continue reading

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Taking A Physical Break Before Marriage

Similar to the romance plot within Jane Eyre, the courtship between Mr. Thorton and Margaret within North and South can only occur after a period of physical separation. This period of semi-isolation from one another is necessary for each character … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Discussions about Religion and Labor

In North and South, it is clear that Margaret believes the tension between the union laborers and those who manage them, in this case Mr. Thorton, is largely due to the lack of communication between the conflicting groups. During class … 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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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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