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jane eyre CRITICS
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Gilbert and Gubar
Revolutionary work in the 1970's, claiming that Bertha was Jane's "alter ego", "expressing the suppressed frustration and rage that Jane cannot acknowledge in her place in society."
"For Bronte, perhaps Bertha was a vehicle to explore these limits on her own sex, a 'wild animal', symbolic of female expression, shackled by patriarchal expectation."
"Incarcerating women suspected of insanity was not uncommon in the nineteenth century".
"Bertha certainly transgresses these expectations of a stereotypical nineteenth-century wife"
"The diagnosis of madness was implemented to control and prevent women from subverting the bounds of expected femininity"
"In Jane Eyre, a searing subjectivism, acquaints readers with the hidden horrors of corporal punishment and systematic starvation of and exposure to cold and disease of helpless children in 'philanthropic', 'Christian' establishments".
Anne Crow, Romanticism and Jane Eyre
"new thinkers insisted that the emotional side of human responses was more important, that the brain should learn from the heart and from natural instinct, that the imagination held purer truths than the rational mind".
"When she (Jane) is forced to make a choice between reason and feeling, like the Romantic writers and poets who influenced Charlotte Bronte, Jane chooses feeling."
"Romantic writers imbued nature with a personality, ascribing to it human moods and moral impulses. Charlotte Bronte brings the moon into the novel at key points and gives it a central role."
"To Jane, the moon is a mother figure, consoling, guiding and supporting her, but, like some of the Romantic poets, Jane seems to worship nature itself".
"Her Romantic descriptions of the moors... reflect Charlotte's own deep love of her natural surroundings."
"Charlotte Bronte does use a supernatural event, she does so to reinforce her main themes rather than to contribute to the horror".
"Romantic thinkers argued not just for freedom for themselves but for reforms in society".
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"The era of challenge and change in which Jane Eyre emerged is reflected in the novel itself."
Rob Worrall, Imagery of Music
"is well selected; it suggests a modern atonality; a refusal to blend in harmoniously with an accepted tune. She runs, contrapuntally, against the uncomfortable chords of convention, throughout."
Rob Worrall, Brocklehurst
"Brocklehurst is an Evangelical; his grasp of God is a blinkered vision of disobedience, followed by disapprobation and damnation."
Rob Worrall, Jane and Nature
"the conventional source of comfort and strength a girl of Jane's era would be expected to call upon: God. Jane, however, rejects this conventional route."
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Rob Worrall, Jane and Nature
"Jane calls not upon God but upon Nature. She elects to embrace Paganism rather than the devalued Christian orthodoxy she has encountered in her life, so far."
Rob Worrall, St. John Rivers
"The image of a statue that introduces her perception of him to us remains the key to his characterisation: unemotional, inflexible and unchangeable."
Rob Worrall, Jane
"Jane is no archetypal Victorian votary."
Rob Worrall, Bronte's intentions
"A radically minded author's challenge to the conservative society in which she lived. A novel designed to challenge and to upset, both emotionally and socio-politically."
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"Victorian morality did not allow unchaperoned meetings between unmarried men and respectable women."
"the conflict between reason and passion is made explicit, and Jane is shown that she is not alone in struggling to manage overpowering feelings."
"She knows that Rochester is ugly by conventional standards, she compares him with the newly-arrived Mason, who is seen by others as a 'beautiful man'."
"Her commitment (to Rochester) is first symbolised in physical support: he leans on her. The scene ends with an understanding, an alliance which grows from the acknowledgement of his weakness and her strength."
"Jane Eyre is not an exercise of the mind but a cry of the heart"
'Gatsby may be more creative and romantic in pursuit of the American Dream ... because he does all for the sake of a woman'
writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
This character lives in a house whose front entrance includes a shop where he sells "shady wares," considers himself "a protector of society," and is classified by the narrator as "thoroughly domesticated":
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