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Jane eyre part 2


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Jane Eyre lecture

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Jane eyre part 2

  1. 1.  Can men and women be truly equal in a relationship?  Can a person only find true happiness through marriage?
  2. 2.  Family: “It may be of no moment to you; you have sisters and don’t care for a cousin; but I had nobody; and now three relations…are born into my world full-grown. I say again, I am glad!” (74)  Acceptance: “I am resolved I will have a home and connections. I like Moor House, and I will live at Moor House; I like Diana and Mary and I will attach myself for life to Diana and Mary” (75)  Financial Independence: “I! Rich?” “Yes, you, rich—quite an heiress”(72).
  3. 3.  Handsome: “Tall, slender; his face riveted the eye; it was like a Greek face, very pure in outline…it is seldom, indeed, an English face comes so near the antique models as did his.”  Character: “St. John was a good man; but I began to feel he had spoken truth of himself when he said he was hard and cold. The humanities and amenities of life had no attraction for him—its peaceful enjoyments no charm. Literally, he lived only to aspire—after what was good and great, certainly; but still he would never rest, nor approve of others resting around him”
  4. 4.  Controlling: “By degrees he acquired a certain influence over me that took away my liberty of mind: his praise and notice were more restraining than his indifference”  Loss of Self: “I daily wished more to please him; but to do so, I felt daily more and more that I must disown half my nature, stifle half my faculties, wrest my tastes from their original bent”  Reason not Passion: “You are formed for labour, not for love. A missionary’s wife you must—shall be. You shall be mine: I claim you—not for my pleasure, but for my Sovereign’s service.”
  5. 5.  “I will give the missionary my energies—it is all he wants—but not myself.”  “As his curate, his comrade, all would be right…I should still have my unblighted self to turn to: my natural unenslaved feelings with which to communicate in moments of loneliness. There would be recesses in my mind which would be only mine, to which he never came…but as his wife…forced to keep the fire of my nature continually low, to compel it to burn inwardly and never utter a cry, thought the imprisoned flame consumed vital after vital--this would be unendurable.”
  6. 6.  Child: uncontrolled passion  Young Jane: stiffled passion  With Rochester: unsanctioned passion  With St. John: reason without passion  “I am cold: no fervour infects me.” “Whereas I am hot, and fire dissolves ice”
  7. 7.  Bertha: Fire cleansing and illuminating what was hidden and shameful  Jane literally becomes Rochester’s eyes and hands: “I was then his vision as I am still his right hand. Literally, I was (what he often called me) the apple of his eye. H saw nature—he saw books through me; and never did I weary of gazing for his behalf”  “I love you better now, when I can really be useful to you, than I did in your state of proud independence, when you disdained every part but that of giver and protector.”
  8. 8.  How do each of the following attempt to control Jane and how does she resist? › Mr. Brocklehurst › Rochester › St. John
  9. 9.  Choice: “Reader, I married him.” (85)  Equality: “I hold myself supremely blest—blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am; ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.” (86)  Independence: “I am independent, sir, as well as rich: I am my own mistress.” (85)  Love: “and I’ his een she’s fair beautiful, onybody may see that.” [and in his eyes, she’s beautiful; anybody can see that]
  10. 10.  Mr. Brocklehurst: hyprocrisy and lack of real charity  Helen Burns: suffering without justice  St. John: righteousness without mercy  Jane: justice tempered with forgiveness  Rochester: judgment tempered with mercy