Structure and Form

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  • Structure and form
    • Fictional autobiography
      • organised around the quest for her own identity.   Different parts representing her development
        • Gateshead
          • Still a child
        • Lowood
          • girlhood
        • Thornfield
          • Adolescent
        • Marsh End
          • Reaches maturity
        • Ferndean
          • Becomes fulfilled with her marriage
        • 'Bildungsroman' - A novel of development in which the protagonist's growth is traced.
        • 'A new chapter in a novel is something like a new scene in a play'
          • narrative breaks each time Jane moves to set scene (setting)
            • Narrative form
              • First person narrative
                • Wants the reader to experience events as Jane did- with limited knowledge and understanding
                • She withholds the information that her narrator is actually Jane Rochester until the final chapter
                  • 'Reader, I married him.'
                • at some key points she uses present tense to give events a dramatic immediacy
                • Close bond with reader
                  • 'Reader, I married him.'
                  • 'Gentle reader, may you never feel what I felt!'
    • Narrative form
      • First person narrative
        • Wants the reader to experience events as Jane did- with limited knowledge and understanding
        • She withholds the information that her narrator is actually Jane Rochester until the final chapter
          • at some key points she uses present tense to give events a dramatic immediacy
          • Close bond with reader
            • 'Gentle reader, may you never feel what I felt!'

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