Jane Eyre AS Revision Notes: Narrative, Preface(AO4) & Chapter 1

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Jane Eyre

  • First Person Retrospective, eponymous novel


  • Bildungsroman—Jane’s journey, thoughts, views, development; the crux of her journey is the writing of her story. Insight into the protagonist

My home, then, when I at last find a home,—is a cottage’

  • Crafting of the narrative

I am only bound to invoke Memory where I know her responses will possess some degree of interest; therefore I now pass a space of eight years almost in silence: a few lines only are necessary to keep up the links of connection.’ ‘Conscience, turned tyrant, held Passion by the throat.’

  • Addressing the reader

I had already gained the door; but, reader, I walked back—walked back as determinedly as I had retreated.’ ‘Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt!’ ‘Reader, it is not pleasant to dwell on these details.’ ‘Reader, I married him.’

  • Foreshadowing, dramatic irony

Goodnight my—‘, Rochester. ‘All at once I remembered that it might be Pilot.’

  • Older vs. Younger Jane conflict

  • Mature writing style, crafting


  • Narrative altered by prejudice

No; I should not like to belong to poor people”

  • Restricted to the narrator’s perspective, judge reliability


  • ‘…so are certain generous critics who have encouraged me as only large-hearted and high-minded men know how to encourage a struggling stranger’, ‘I say cordially, Gentlemen, I thank you from my heart.’

  • ‘…in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect


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