Literature and "Jane Eyre" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Literature and "Jane Eyre"
An analysis of the use of literature in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".
# 61567 | 1,253 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Oct 11, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how the presence of literature is a central theme throughout "Jane Eyre". It looks at how through an analysis of the scenes in which certain characters are reading, one can directly determine the extent of the relationship between Jane and a particular character. It shows how consequently, through an examination of the references made, one is reminded that Jane herself is an author, and how, although the story is a fictional autobiographical, the seemingly obscure references are tools to present the characters in a certain light.

From the Paper:

"By making reference to Goldsmith's History of Rome Jane is not only reminding us that she is an avid reader but also of her authorship. She has read this historical account of Roman history and her knowledge of these emperors makes the comparison she "parallels in silence" credible (Bronte 17). Jane is in a sense saying that we as readers can take her word that John is comparable to these wretched emperors and do not need to look into the matter any further because she has already done the research. In the one scene that John and a book are mentioned together John chooses to use the book as a weapon. This shows his spiteful character but also perhaps the idea that he does not value knowledge."

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