Critical Quotations – Jane Eyre Flashcard Example #57354

Catherine Tillotson
‘Social commentary in Jane Eyre…is oblique, limited, and incidental.’
Diane Roberts (on Jane as a child)
‘As an orphan…she exhibits ingratitude; as the impoverished product of a mismatched alliance…she transgresses class decorum…; as a child she defies adult authority.’
Steve Davies
‘It is harrowing to be confined in Jane’s mind.’
Madeleine Wood
‘The first chapter is concerned with establishing Jane within a network of family relations in which she is excluded and despised.’
John Mullen
‘The orphan is above all a character out of place.’
Diane Roberts (on Jane’s marriage to Rochester)
‘Jane feels uncomfortable with the way her hard-won identity seems to be subsumed by Rochester.’
Charlotte Bronte (on governesses)
‘But it is…the estrangement from one’s real character – the adoption of a cold, frigid, apathetic exterior, that is painful.’
Diane Roberts (on Lowood)
‘Gateshead assailed Jane’s sense of self; at Lowood, her bodily integrity is threatened.’
Elizabeth Rigby
‘She looks upon all that has been done for her not only as her undoubted right, but as falling short of it.’
Sara Haslam
‘When the blood of violence comes…it is to indicate primal feelings and jealousies, rages and deprivations.’
Anne Crow
‘To Jane, the moon is a mother figure…like some of the Romantic poets, Jane seems to worship nature itself.’
Mary Ward
‘Charlotte Bronte’s main stuff is…conventional, even…but for all her revolt from the influence of contemporary French novels, they fertilised her genius.’
William Thackeray
‘The first person narrative is a sort of confidential talk between writer and reader.’
Vicky Simpson
‘By infusing these fairy tale and gothic elements into her life narrative, Jane is able to create an amalgamated world, both real and unreal.’
John Mullen
“The most terrifying aspect of Mr Brocklehurst … is that he is presented as the narrow embodiment of principle”
Charlotte Bronte (writing as Currer Bell)
“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion … narrow human doctrines … should not be substituted for the world-redeeming creed of Christ.”
Barbara Hill Rigney
“Sir William’s sexually threatening presence recalls Bronte’s characterisation of the Reverend Brocklehurst.”
Josie Billington
“The character of Rochester … does not simply reverse the terms of its romantic prototype; the novel complicates and interrogates its model.”
Abigail Rothblatt Barai
“Bronte’s work manifests gender instability in multiple registers, since for her…the act of authorship was in itself an act of literary cross-dressing.”
Gilbert and Gubar
“Jane’s truest and darkest double.”
John Mullen
of Helen and Miss Temple “often silenced or passive models of goodness”
Elizabeth Rigney
“There is a pervading tone of ungodly discontent in Jane Eyre.”

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