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Jane Eyre-Writing Style/Language

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Dena Alsurakhi

on 14 November 2013

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Jane Eyre by: Charlotte Brontë -Writing Style/Language
Very complex and intricate writing style
Elaborate phrasing
Connects related ideas in one long sentence instead of many short ones.
Example: page 1 chapter 1
"I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons:dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed."

* Notice how this single sentence is drawn out and uses mature "big" words to convey simple feelings.

Point of View
POV: 1st person through the eyes of the protagonist Jane Eyre
Literary Devices
Symbolism: the red room, the fires, the split tree
Word Choice
Strong adjectives~ set mood and describe feeling

Uses "old english" style of writing where instead of "I wouldn't like her" in today's writing it was "I would dislike her"

The novel takes the points of view of Jane throughout the stages of her maturity. At first the child innocent Jane is presented. This child speaks maturely for her age and when chastising Mrs. Reed allows her inner child to come through and show what strong and passionate language she is able to use.
The remainder of Jane's life contains the same sophisticated manner of speaking with precise but vague language so as to not offend anyone. On few instances when caught off guard does Jane reveal clean cut straight to the point answers about what she feels such as when she told Mr. Rochester he is not handsome.

Simile: "...I can never bear being dressed like a doll by Mr.Rochester..."

Metaphor: "The gaping wound of my wrongs, too, was now quite healed; and the flame of resentment extinguished"

Ambiguity: Ambiguity gives a state of doubt and indistinction to words or expressions that make them capable of being interpreted and understood in more than one way. When Mr. Rochester proposes.


Simple Structure of novel
Complex Conflict and Plot
Suspense plays a large role in the story. In chapter after chapter, Jane finds an answer to one question that has been bothering her only to be confronted with yet another mystery or dilemma. In the end, some of these questions are resolved through melodramatic and highly improbable coincidences. Many of these coincidences are set in motion by Jane's long-lost uncle, John Eyre--a character we're never told about in the beginning of the story, and who never actually appears in person. Some readers feel that an author who constructs a plot in this way is not quite playing fair with them; they feel cheated. Other readers don't mind at all. And a third group argues that since Jane Eyre is a novel that deals with horror, the supernatural, and the secrets of the human heart, we shouldn't hold the plot to the same standard of probability we might demand in a more realistic story. You'll have to decide for yourself which view you agree with.
Gothic novel
~ utilizes the mysterious, the supernatural, the horrific, the romantic
Romance novel
~emphasizes love and passion, represents the notion of lovers destined for each other
~ narrates the story of a character’s internal development as he or she undergoes a succession of encounters with the external world
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