Jane Eyre Revision Notes Flashcard Example #81511

AO4 Biographical Context on Charlotte Bronte (Author)
– Bronte was an English novelist and poet.
– Bronte attended Cowan Bridge School which was used as the basis for Lowood School in the novel.
– Bronte spent time at Roe Head School as a governess.
– Whilst living in Belgium, Bronte fell in love with her married professor (teacher).
– Bronte rejected the use of sexuality to attract men and criticised women who resorted to this female characteristic as it showed a lack of self respect, a fate she deemed worse than death.
AO4 Historical Context
– The Industrial Revolution (18-19th Century) caused class structure to be more pronounced; opportunities opened up for women; a growth of science fiction lead to the questioning of God and his creations due to literary Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of the Species’.
– Christianity in the Victorian Era (19th Century) lead to churches running universities (a platform for religion to remain highly influential); it was a time of great contradiction and hypocracy (which is later embodied by Mr Brocklehurst); the Bible was seen and used a moral guide.
AO4 Literary Context
– The Gothic: It creates feelings of gloom, mystery and suspense. Elements of The Gothic are death, religion, ghosts, haunting, imprisonment, isolation, vulnerable women, forbidden knowledge etc.
– The Romantic: Has the elements of nature, freedom of the spirit, emotion, power of the individual.
AO3 (Critical Readings)
Jane Eyre as a Character
Jane Eyre (Quotes)
Mr Rochester as a Character
Passionate ; honest
Mr Rochester (Quotes)
The Reed Family
The Reed Family (Quotes)
Bertha
Bertha (Quotes)
St. John and Co.
St. John and Co. (Quotes)
Mr Brocklehurst
Mr Brocklehurst (Quotes)
Themes
The Gothic
‘Gytrash’ – A legendary black dog that used to haunt lonely roads, awaiting travellers and sometimes lead them astray.
Settings
Relationships

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