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The Brontes were jeuvinelian; they wrote fairy tales:
Charlotte’s Manuscript Angria’s Manuscript
Jane Eyre is largely centered around issues of class.
Class effects the type of work you do and the type of Class
education you receive. Class and education relates to Education
larger social issues.
food fire The idea of
consumption. Consumption plays out in a
Consumption couple of ways in this text. Think about
consumption in relation to food and fire. The
emphasis on fire is an emphasis on nature, and
the way that nature manifests itself.
the idea of containment which leads to ideas of isolation. The isolation and who? Jane and
Bertha. Bertha like Jane is also an important character to think about.
What is an Archetype?
Archetype (n): the original pattern or model from which copies are made; a prototype
Rochester can be defied as a Byronic; further as a Byronic hero.
The Byronic hero is often
self-critical and introspective
an exile, outcast or loner that is isolated from society
o towards themselves and people around them
o making horrible life choices
dark attributes (thus often term an anti-hero)
has conflicting emotions
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Quiessential to a Byronic hero.
714, “… dark face… stern … passed youth … 35 … ” 35 is a common age that comes up,
basically it was like the cut of age “I felt no … but little … young gentleman … questioning
him … offering my ….” She doesn’t see him as a heroic figure. He does have these dark
characteristics and dark features.
woman in distress
this is very important – know this for final
Gothic in Jane Eyre
Grace as a ghost (710) (chapter XII): Jane thinks that Grace is the one causing all the trouble
here, “I really … a laugh as … heard” supernatural ideas that relate to Grace, and Grace is
really a ghost
Sublime: a lot of the time in this text is really linked with Jane herself, page 723: her
drawings have a lot of sublime in them. “first I must … vividly … mind … spiritual eye …
aunt … second my fancy” – she admits that she does not have the best hand “third …
pinnacle …” she read a lot of science texts that’s how she knows of icebergs … she really
describes these texts in a vivid and ________ way. This is how Rochester judges her work, in
terms of sublime.
She goes up to survey the land by going to the third floor and see what the property looks
like. And a lot of these descriptions involves sublime looking properties.
Rochester says many times over that he is not a villain, “I am not … owning … natural bed
… sinner. ”(731) The Byronic hero, usually involved with the bad boy image.
There is a mystery at Thornfield, “all I had gathered … excluded” (751); she’s excluded from
this mystery of what is going on. How does the gypsy episode feed into this Gothic belief?
Fortune telling is sort of supernatural, that something mysterious is going on there. This is
an important part of the text. A lot of the things that Jane sees is like of dreamy and unreal.
Is it a pigment of her imagination.
Descriptions of Jane
A lot of the descriptions of Jane relate to the supernatural, Rochester relates to this idea of
her being a witch, page 720, 740, 835. If you are constantly around someone who tells you
you are a bewitching me, it kind of has an effect on her character.
Presentiments (791), “presentiments … key … I never … I have .. of my own…” she is one of
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trace is” she has a way of knowing, predicting the future, through these dreams and things
that she is seeing.
Page 816: “but Jane … wife … intend to marry … come hither … rose … equal … will you
marry me?” she has no idea that the other bride exists, she knows stuff is going on btu she
has no way of articulating it.
836: “I dreamt another … retreat … bats and