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Jane Eyre

A book by Charlotte Brontë

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Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

  • Jul 16, 2010

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As the story of a youth transforming both positively and negatively into a woman and matron Jane Eyre and The Wide Sargasso Sea relates to many woman of many ages. However, as a student in a vocational school Jane Eyre and The Wide Sargasso Sea appealed to me with the religious roles and symbolism present. As Jane Eyre of Jane Eyre receives education at the Lowood School. The initial thought was that of comfort for the familiarity of the Christian morality shown with the religious language as Mrs. Fairfax when asking Jane about her previous living arrangements: “I lived long ago with my mama; but she is gone to the Holy Virgin”. I connected with this feeling as being from similar situation with Jane, losing parents and turning thus to education and God in order to find myself, and with such it shows in my language as well as hers. Although the Lowood School revealed itself as a corrupt institution later (This mirrors the tensions between the theologies of the Evangelicals, Calvinists, and Methodists as well as Church corruption in England as inferred by previous historic knowledge.) the connection with the first impressions still connected with my life. In The Wide Sargasso Sea, the main character, Antoinette (appearing as Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre) struggles with an identity crisis moving between the sane and insane varying on the point of views. The most relatable character “flaw” that I believe to share with Antoinette and thus relate to The Wide Sargasso Sea, is that Antoinette places the maternal roles on people that are not her mother. As Antoinette’s is a parallel of Jane’s story, notably intersecting, it is also a parallel to my life. Antoinette turns to two women in her life for maternal support, those being Aunt Cora and Christophine, Christophine’s relationship being more damaging. One such instance of Christophine’s power as a mother figure is shown when she is called upon when Antoinette becomes hard to handle: “’Send Christophine up,’ I said to Amelie”. As well Christophine’s less comforting and more realistic motherhood role is shown in the same scene: “’Get up, girl, and dress yourself. Woman must have spunks to live in this wicked world.’”. In my life I have also surrogated older women as my maternal figure, with both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.

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review by . June 17, 2010
  Spoiler Alert: Plot elements were used      Victorian England, setting of many popular works of fictional literature, was a complex world with many issues, traditions, assumptions, and moral values. Portraying a fictional character that does not live in accord with this rigid setting intrinsically highlights the culture of this society. In Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, the protagonist of the same name is such character – one who sharply contrasts with …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
One of my favorite classics.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
This was a very enjoyable book. I'm not sure it quite lived up to all the hype about it, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It was very touching and moving, something I still like to read it again every once in a while.
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I go back to [Jane Eyre] so often and it was one of the first books that made me think, 'This is me, in some deep way.' (Suzanne Vega)
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ISBN-10: 0141441143
ISBN-13: 978-0141441146
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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