Jane Eyre Literary Analysis Flashcard Example #65566

Women during the 19th Century
They had no legal authority, could not own property, had little or no education, could not ask for a divorce and they could not raise children on their own. The ideal woman was pale, frail and sickly.
Bronte’s audience
Women who want to stand up for themselves and men who would hopefully see the importance of women’s rights
Nature symbolism
Charlotte uses nature as a way to explain feminism. She uses the symbolism to deliver her message without preaching to the audience. Feminism is an underlying tone in the novel. The nature also represents society in some scenes. Society is fine with Jane and Rochester loving each other, but it is not fine with them getting married. They are from different social classes and something is preventing them from getting married.
Introduction to essay
Set up the essay by talking about how women were treated and why Bronte had to address this.
Importance of reading book back then (Part of Intro)
Bronte talked about women’s rights and most people that time were ignorant that women were treated that poorly. She was trying to empower women who were afraid to try changing what they were used to. Their roles in life, given by men, felt natural and they wanted to stay the way that they were.
Importance of reading book now (Last Paragraph)
It’s important to see how women were treated back then. It will make people more aware of their actions and respect others more. Jane Eyre is also a great example of having deeper meanings than what it seems like on the outside. Reading it will help one have a better understanding of literature and it will be easier to interpret other pieces of work.
Making Connections
You can include connections to Romeo and Juliet in your essay and how it relates to Rochester and Jane’s relationship
Works Cited
Cite your Jane Eyre book using MLA Format (easybib is a great help)
Topics that can be addressed
Jane’s beliefs in the beginning of the book versus her feelings in the end of the book, Rochester’s dominant behavior and how Jane changed him, how Rochester changed Jane; her love for him has clouded her judgement, what society wants for women at that time and how their love has changed over time. These are just a few topics that can be included.
Love Versus Autonomy: Jane is in love, but she doesn’t want to lose her beliefs of being a strong, independent woman who is always looking above and beyond. Her love for Rochester is causing her to go against her beliefs.
Religion: Jane gains faith in God, because of Helen. Helen is a symbol of feminism and will always be included in Jane’s life.
Social Class: Jane doesn’t want to move social classes. Rochester calls her “angel” and “beauty” and wants to give Jane lots of clothes and jewels, but Jane rejects them. She says that she won’t be her self anymore, because she is not a pretty or angel. She just wants to be herself; a strong independent who is honest and can do whatever she wants.
Strong sign of feminism power
“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me” (Chapter 17)
Jane says this when she sees Rochester again after his absence. She had tried to talk herself out of loving him, but it was impossible. This is also an example of one of the times that Jane addresses the reader. When Bronte addresses the reader, she is trying to get an important point across. She is breaking the fourth wall. Another important part of this quote is that Jane loves Rochester for who he is inside, not who he is outside. Inner beauty is more appealing to her than outer beauty.
“Do you think me handsome,” Rochester asks Jane. She answers, “No sir.”
Jane is being honest which is very rare for women of her time period. Other women would have lied and said yes.
“The moon declined: she was about to set. Not liking to sit in the cold and darkness, I thought I would lie down on my bed, dressed as I was” (Chapter 20)
The moon declining is a weakness of feminism. Mr. Rochester is blind to her. He is telling her what to do when she is capable of doing things on her own. He is the wall covering the moon; the wall keeping Jane from her full capabilities.
“I was growing very lenient to my master: I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out” (Chapter 18)
Jane is now starting to idolize Rochester. Her love for him is clouding her judgement. She sees no faults in him.
“I am not an angel,’ I asserted; ‘and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me – for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.”
She wants to be herself.
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
Jane is declaring herself equal to man which is very rare for a woman to do.
Chestnut tree
Symbol of Rochester and Jane’s love; everything changed when she agrees to marry him. The weather changed and became rough. The tree was split in half which foreshadowed that Jane and Rochester’s love will split.
Honeymoon phase
Jane doesn’t think that it will last more than six months. She has low expectations of love after marriage.
Marriage proposal
Jane did not believe Rochester. She thought that he was exploiting her love and that it was a joke

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