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Author/ date of publication

Charlotte Bronte 1847


JE is immediately turned off of religion because of her experience with Brocklehurst. never has a strong overall religious connotation immensely hypocrytical. it has potential based on helen burns. because it criticizes religion it is very radical.

social class

JE reflects on the unfair caste system, which is radical because it intimidates the readers


JE discusses how unfair it is for women to be confined to the goals that women are allowed to have: i.e. maid, governess, house wife.

jesus vs. helen

always had good intention
big, just heart
not maternal, but very paternal
wasn't weak or scared at death --> died during spring
teach forgiveness/empathy
confidence in fairht
took abuse
"resurgam" - idea of resurrection
excluded from society--> loves enemies
death helps others

Gothic theme

included to capture attention of readers
pulls back to childhood; gives hopes of internal super natural


a literary genre where a novel details the growth and maturation of its main character through various episodes.
Bronte was the first to use it with a female.


A literary genre emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate. Often set amid haunted castles, graveyards, and ruins.


Novel by Samuel Johnson, a philosophical romance published in 1759. The main character searches for happiness to no avail. The book attacks optimism.


a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis


any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsias: as a severe human febrile(causing fever) disease that is caused by one transmitted especially by body live and is marked by high fever, stupor alternating with delirium, intense headache, and a dark rash.


latin for rise again


The hero of a medieval French nursery legend, who warned his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it and found the murdered bodies of his former wives. Used as a parable to restrain one's curiosity.


a mythical hill of romance


A place of heavenly joy; a plave before resurrection

Ignis Fatuus

A wide variety of spectral lights, whose alleged purpose is either to herald death or play tricks on travelers at night. Literally "foolish fire" because only fools would follow it. Supposed to be occasioned by the decomposition of animal or vegetable substances or by some inflammable gas.

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