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Charlotte Bronte Presentation

English Summative 2013

Charlotte MacLeod

on 17 January 2013

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Summative Presentation: Jane Eyre By: Charlotte MacLeod Plot Synopsis: Jane Eyre Thesis Charlotte Brontë uses her female characters and events to make a feminist critique about the restrictions placed on women in Victorian society. Opportunities for women -Victorian women were further restricted as they had limited opportunities during to pursue. Financial Dependence on Men Main Points Marriage Expectations of Women - During the Victorian era, high expectations were placed upon the appearance and attitude of women. -Marriage was one of the more popular opportunities Victorian women had and girls spent their whole lives preparing for the marriage market - Once they were married women relied solely on their husbands leaving them no independence of their own Brontë's Life - Charlotte Brontë was born in April 21 1816 in Northern England
- She was the third daughter of clergyman Patrick Brontë
- Charlotte and three of her sisters attended Cowan Bridge boarding school
- Two of Charlotte Brontë's sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died due to poor conditions at the school
-Charlotte Brontë went on to work as a governess
-In October of 1847 Charlotte Brontë published Jane Eyre under the name Currer Bell
- She went on to publish three more books
Brontë died in 1855 while she was pregnant, it is believed she died from typhus Societal Context - Jane Eyre was written during the Victorian era (1847)
- This period was marked by great change in England due to the industrial revolution
- During this time women had very few rights
- Children were also often treated poorly
- Social classes were very important to Victorians Parallels to Jane Eyre -Jane Eyre is said to be an autobiography of Brontë's life-
- There are several similarities between Jane Eyre and her creator's life Inspirations of Jane Eyre - Though Brontë was influenced by her personal life the Victorian society was her biggest influence
- Jane Eyre was a social novel, used to push for social change, in Brontë's case it was restrictions on women
- Jane Eyre demonstrates the struggles women and children had during the Victorian era
- It also focuses on the lives in different social classes
- It does this realistically without "sugar coating" Jane Eyre in The Literary Cannon - Jane Eyre Falls into Victorian Literature and British Literature Canons
- It was not like a romanticism book
- It realistically depicted the struggles of Victorian people especially low class women
- Also in the feminism cannon “Governments and fashions come and go but Jane Eyre is for all time.”
-Jasper Forde, The Eyre Affair
- Jane Eyre still is relevant more than 150 years later
- It places on many lists including penguins 10 essential books list
-" Jane Eyre has been able to reach and inspire readers for decades due to the fact that it isn't a conventional cut-and-dried story of boy meets girl. Charlotte Bronte's success and real value was to create characters that were able to tell the unconventional story of life during the nineteenth century."
Bronte's voice "...in the very authority, resonance, and inimitable voice of its heroine. 'I resisted all the way,' Jane Eyre states at the beginning of Chapter 2, and this attitude, this declaration of a unique and iconoclastic female rebelliousness, strikes the perfect note for the entire novel. That a woman will 'resist' ..."
- Joyce Carol Oates, University of San Francisco
- Charlotte Bronte acts as the voice of Jane Eyre and uses the novel as her platform
- Jane often addresses the readers as if she is the author of the book -Jane Eyre is included in The Norton Anthology of Literature, has been made into more than 20 film adaptations along with several TV, radio and musical adaptations
-Since it's publication in 1847 it has never gone out of print
- It has been translated into 30 languages Cannon cont'd - Orphaned at a young age Jane is sent to live with her strict aunt after orders from her uncle
- Jane is soon sent away to Lowood boarding school for girls where she meets her best friend Helen Burns and they along with the other girls experience a miserable life
- 18 years later Jane travels to become a governess at Thornfield Hall
- She takes over care and education of Adele who was taken in by Mr. Rochester, the master, after the death of her mother whom he was in love with
- The book follows Jane's life at Thornfield
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