“Before Maria Bronte’s death, that low fever broke out in the spring of 1825, which is spoken of in Jane Eyre”. On the Aunt from Penzance: “She had strong prejudices” which perhaps explains Jane’s dislike of all things foreign in the novel. On their love for their Aunt: “I do not think that they ever freely loved her”. “I do not know whether Mrs Branwell ever taught her nieces anything besides sewing”. On Lowood: “There was not a word in her account of the institution but what was true”. On reliable narrator: “Not considered it necessary, in a work of fiction, to state every particular with the impartiality that might be required in a law court”. Juliette Barker – “Lowood is seen through the eyes of the child suffering there, not the dispassionate adult”. She does not attempt to solve the problems of human life- all her force goes into the assertion, "I love", "I hate", "I suffer". Virginia Woolf
Modifies the Gothic with symbolism- requires a more complex and more mature response New Gothic
He is more than a Byronic hero and a wish fulfillment- he is an exploration of personality and new ares of feeling in inter sexual relationships; 'Dark, irate and piercing', 'something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves' New Gothic
It takes place between the two; the realm of the given, that which is changeable by human activity, and the realm of the fated, that which lies outside human control- between realism and Poetry Temptations of a motherless woman
Bronte is not writing a bildungsroman, but the story of a woman who is unalterable herself, who undergoes traditional feminine temptations and finds that each has an alternative, the image of a nurturing or principled or spirited woman on who she can model herself Temptations of a motherless woman
Temptation to see herself as a lamblike victim or to explode into hysterics...envisages a better life that is the "germ" of the person who is determined to live and...
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