Jane Eyre simple notes

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Contexts Part One:

Literary:

  • feminist novel
  • 19th Century novel
  • Love story
  • Gothic novel
  • Bildungsroman
  • Romantic novel
  • Autobiographical novel
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Contexts Part Two:

Historical:

  • Victoria's reign (1937--->> 1901)
  • Divorce Legislation (1857)
  • Education of the Brontes at Cowan Bridge.
  • Rise of the British Empire
  • Chartism
  • Religion

Biographical:

  • Conditions at Cowan Bridge contributed to the poor health of Maria and Elizabeth Bronte.
  • 1831-1832 - Charlotte taught at Roe Head.
  • 1839 - She became a governess.
  • Charlotte went to Brussels, Belgium, and fell for a married professor.
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Contexts Part Three:

Social and Cultural:

  • Attitudes toward marriage at the time.
  • Role of women in Victorian England.
  • Attitudes to other races and cultures
  • Influence of Romanticism
  • Class system of the marriage market.
  • The position of the governess in wealthy families.
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Narrative Methods:

Point of View:

  • 1st person narrative
  • Dual narrative POV
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Themes

  • Love
  • Marriage
  • Class and money
  • Jane's growth as an individual
  • Religion
  • Reason vs Passion
  • Appearance and reality
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Women in Society - Constraints

Female characters are often represented as being constrained by their societies.

Constraints:

  • Class
  • Male expectations
  • Female apathy
  • Education
  • Moral corruption
  • Wealth
  • the law
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Women in Society - Constraints: Class

  • The male notion of "duty"
  • Duty to the home and family
  • A duty to seek marriage
  • A duty to produce a family
  • Mrs Reed doesn't see Jane as one of her own kind - below her rank.
  • The inability to marry outside class boundaries.
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Women in Society - Constraints: Male expectations

The Victorian ideal woman:

  • Attractive; tall and stately
  • Accomplished
  • Family background
  • Wealth
  • Class
  • Status
  • Subservient
  • Grateful
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Women in Society - Constraints: Female apathy

  • Mrs Reed - stays at home and looks after the family.
  • Mrs Fairfax - adores Rochester and simpers about Blanche's beauty.
  • Helen Burns - consistently advocates meek and humble subservience and acknowledges and accepts class divisions.
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Women in Society - Constraints: Education

  • Women were given access to a limited curriculum - this prepared them for marriage, rather than a career.
  • Male dominance - "The Lowood Constraint"
  • Women were taught to put up with hardship, to dismiss their ambitions and to be content with little.
  • They were also taught to restrain passion.
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