ENGD48 Lecture 5: 5.0 Feminism in Jane Eyre

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5.0 Feminism
Exploration of Essay Topic Ideas
● Janeseemsamodernwoman,butissheactually?
○ sheisveryisolatedfromtheworld;sheislimitedinheroutsideinteractions
○ whatdoesshereallyknowoftheworld?
○ note:anyaccesstorealitywillultimatelybeinaccessible;theonlyperspectivewehaveisthe
narrator,sowecan’tcomparehertothe“realworld”
● realityofwomen(modernvsprogressive)isalargetopicforessays(i.etreadcarefullyandreally
narrowthetopic)
● tensionbetweennatureandnarrator:
○ threatofideasthatarebeyondJaneandfiguredinnature(couldbehersubconscious)
○ natureasadisruptivesymbolworkingcontradictorytoJane
○ whilelookingthroughJane’seyes,wheredoweseerupturespecificallyinnature?
■ howisnatureconstructedinJaneEyre
Janeconstructsitthroughhernarration
○ naturecouldbelinkedtoinsanityinsanityitselfcouldbeseenasarupture
■ aruptureofcontroloverthenarrative
● concernwithOtherness
○ BerthaasanOther
○ Janevs.BerthawithaspectrumofOtherness
○ assumesan“usvsthem”(interestingbinary)
○ darkeningofBerthasheisbothwhiteyetdarkened;whatdoesitmeantobeinagreyarea
(binaryofwhiteandblackbeingdisrupted)
● Janeasamartyrorattentionseeker?
○ whataretherepercussionsofbeinganattentionseeker?whatisattention,andwhatisvaluable
andnecessaryabouthavingthisattention?
○ advertisingandattention(Marcus)
● Janeequivocates;usesfalseorfaultylogicinherinnerthoughts
○ dehumanizesBerthaarguesherwayoutofmoralitiesofmarryingamarriedman
■ moralitynotaneasytopicdoesJaneactimmoralinherrelationswithRochester?(no
stronganswer)
■ RochersactivelypromoteshismarriageabilityJanecouldnothaveknown
■ she’ssetinadeepplaceofimmorality,yetisshereallyimmoralherself?isBronte’s
moralitycolouringJane’sview?
■ maybethere’ssocietalinternalizationguiltinsteadofmorality
○ easytosay‘dehumanize’,buthowexactly
doesthiswork?howisBerthadescribedbetween
differentcharacters(Janevs.Rochester)?
○ toputsomeoneuponapedestalisalsotodehumanizesomeone
Feminism in Jane Eyre
Definition
● whatisfeminism?
○ theideathatwomenareequaltomenandthereforedeservethesamerightsasmen
■ alsoconcernsraceandclassissuesofequalityaswellhowdowemakesurethese
categoriesareincludedinthemodernworld?
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