• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Detailed Commentary - Passage about Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Detailed Commentary - Passage about Charlotte Bront�'s Jane Eyre Farah Sbahi Immediately upon reading this passage, and despite its small length, we can instantly discern that it contains many features typical of the Victorian novel. We are plunged straight into a heated conversation between Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. The gravity of the situation we are confronted with is characteristic as Victorian novels treated life very seriously, especially topics concerning moral issues. The Christian woman was another important issue and a very important, recurring figure in Victorian novels. As in Hard Times, we are shown what a pure women Rachel is by her strong Christian views. Jane is typically Christian and has very strong-grounded rules with which she lives her life by. Despite Rochester's vehement words and reasoning, Jane stands firm, sticking to her religious belief that living with Rochester as his mistress would be breaking the laws of God. There are many religious references, "Trust in God and yourself. Believe in heaven." The fact that Jane has to tell Rochester these words shows that he does not have such strong holy views, as Jane does. ...read more.

Middle

His passionate words are again typical of a Victorian character. "All happiness...torn away with you" "...condemn me to live wretched...die accursed" "You snatch love and innocence from me?" It is improbable to find a twenty-first Century novel, whose characters speak with such fervour and passion. Jane's feelings are also ardently expressed: "When body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour..." - "I am insane - quite insane: with my veins running fire..." The drama is definitely emphasised by this language. However Jane thinks its wrong of her to feel this passionate about Rochester, "Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by..." and this was a very Victorian view, especially for women. One of the most striking features of this passage is the way that the story is told. We hear it from the principal character, Jane herself, as the narrative voice. This was not uncommon in the Victorian era; nor is it unusual for this style to be used in modern novels. Novels such as David Copperfield, and Great Expectations, are classic examples of how effective this autobiographical form was. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tess herself is described as 'a mere vessel of emotion'. When Angel decides to leave her, Tess is distraught and can hardly bear the though of living without him, Angel meanwhile believes it would be wrong for him to stay with her for she had sinned - Jane too believed it would be wrong to stay with Mr. Rochester. Victorian novels, such as Jane Eyre, often discussed moral dilemmas, and since Victorians were very firm in what they believed to be pure or sinful they were also very interested in the inside struggle and turmoil people went through when they were confronted with a decision to chose between right and wrong - and as in Jane Eyre, religion was always part of this struggle. There are many characteristics, which distinguish a Victorian novel. The language, style and content of a passage from Victorian novels will tend to have parallelisms with which we can identify. They often relate to similar themes and topics that Victorian novelists wrote about. Jane Eyre has certainly many qualities, which are attributed to a Victorian novel. Written in the Nineteenth Century, at the height of the Victorian people's enthusiasm with novels, Jane Eyre is celebrated as one of the finest works of fiction to be produced from that era. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Jane Eyre

    to identify with her feelings, enhancing the response of outrage at her treatment. Jane reacts to her treatment by attacking John Reed in defence from being struck by him. Once again the reader connects with Jane and can recognise her admirable characteristics- she fights back- which is a brave action for a female in her social station.

  2. Explore some of the Aspects of Victorian Society which are depicted in Jane Eyre, ...

    We see Jane standing up to Mr. Rochester despite the love she has for him. When she is going to marry Mr. Rochester he tries to buy her lots of present's like bangles and she replies with 'I can never bear being dressed like a doll.' She feels if she is bought all these things she will

  1. Is Charlotte Bront successful in creating a typical Victorian heroine? Discuss with close reference ...

    As an appeal to the sympathy of the reader, the heroine is often faced with events and incidences that give them distress and terror. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bront� uses first person narrative to exemplify the obstacles that Jane encounters during the phases of her life.

  2. Compare the presentation of Childhood in Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' and Laurie Lee's 'Cider ...

    The book was written as a celebration of the life of the author. Writing in 1950's about his childhood in the 1920's, Laurie lee wished to preserve the memory of the way he grew up. The book evokes episodes from his life, which are written in no chronological order.

  1. Representation of women in Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre'.

    Rochester, the story turns to Jane falling in love with Mr. Rochester after he falls out of his relationship with a woman who was after his money. They get engaged but on the day it turns out, Rochester already has a crazy wife who tries to kill him when Jane runs away.

  2. Jane Eyre - Was she a woman of her times?

    deliver to Brocklehurst, but for the first time Jane controls the emotions and thoughts in her mind, and does not let them pass to her mouth. She has taken on board Helen's exceptive approach to life, and this is the first sign of Jane's character beginning to develop and mature.

  1. What do we learn about Charlotte Brontes view of the nineteenth century system of ...

    This shows how neglected these innocent children were. The education provided by Lowood was of a good standard. Grammar, arithmetic, history, geography and music are taught. "The superintendent of Lowood having taken her seat before globes placed on one of the tables, summoned the first class round her, and commenced

  2. Jane Eyre

    She may also be thankful to her aunt Reed for sending her to Lowood because without her aunts decision Jane would have never been to school, in addition to this Jane is ready to step out into the outside world as she is educated she probably would find a job quite easily.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work