Themes in Jane Eyre Flashcards

How does Jane Eyre seek justice throughout the novel?

Jane Eyre consistently seeks justice in the face of suffering and injustice.

Her journey is structured into five episodes: life at Gateshead, schooling at Lowood, time spent at Thornfield, stay at Moor House, and life at Ferndean.

She questions her experiences, like when she asks Mr. Rochester, “Do you think I am an automaton?”

What metaphor in Jane Eyre signifies Jane’s independence?

The metaphor “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will” signifies Jane’s independence and determination to be free from societal constraints.

How does Jane Eyre address social class differences?

Jane Eyre addresses social class differences by critiquing societal inequalities.

Jane’s relationship with Mr Rochester highlights these differences, and characters like Bertha Mason question societal views on mental health and class. Bertha’s actions, such as tearing Jane’s wedding veil, symbolise her rage and the oppression she faces.

How is education depicted in Jane Eyre?

Education in Jane Eyre is depicted both positively and negatively.

Although characters gain empowerment through education, establishments like Lowood School are shown in a harsh light. However, kind figures like Miss Temple and Helen Burns help Jane become articulate and patient, paving the way for her to become a governess.

How does Jane Eyre challenge gender roles?

Jane Eyre challenges gender roles by asserting her independence and rejecting societal expectations.

For example, she refuses St John Rivers’ marriage proposal because she doesn’t love him, and she speaks to Mr Rochester as an equal despite their social differences.

What is significant about Jane’s final decision to marry Mr Rochester?

Jane’s final decision to marry Mr Rochester is significant because it represents her choice based on love and equality.

Rochester, now blind and without his wealth, stands as an equal to Jane. Her declaration, “Reader, I married him,” shows her autonomy and fulfillment of her true desires.

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