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Detailed Commentary - Passage about Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre

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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.

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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.

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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.

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