Okay folks, you will be completing a lit study tomorrow (Thursday 16th November) on Jane Eyre, for the following question:
Discuss the thematic significance of symbolism in Jane Eyre.
This will be closed book, so no plans or notes in front of you – you have tonight to revise, and the task we have been working on in class should be helpful for you.
Please also take into account the feedback from your lit study responses on setting last week:
- Don’t try to do too much – have a clear focus, established in your introduction.
- Have a clear point you explore in each paragraph/section, one that links back to your overall argument – some were all over the place. You need to PLAN.
- Phrasing – you need to read over your work, ideally at the end of each paragraph – some of these were the ramblings of a crazy person.
- It is still wildly obvious that a lot of you haven’t read the book – not enough quotations, a lot of vague references or assertions about what the novel is about/explores. I shouldn’t have to tell you how important this is, and it WILL be the difference between passing and failing.
I’d like the first completed draft of one of your folio pieces in by Monday 27th November, please.
Individually, you will prepare a presentation on ONE of the key themes, ALL of the symbols, or ALL of the motifs below.
You will present this to the class next Thursday 23rd November.
- The nature of the supernatural
- Love vs. autonomy
- Inequality of social class
- Role of religion
- Desire vs. control
- Gender roles
- Bertha Mason
- Red room
- Chestnut tree at Thornfield
- Substitute mothers
- Supernatural visions
- Read the two articles by José Jorquera and Marybeth Forina.
- Then, in groups, discuss and take notes on the role of Rochester as a Byronic hero.
- To what extent does he fulfil this archetype?
- In what ways does he defy this role?
Byron_s influence on Victorian writer Charlotte Bronte
Edward Rochester- A New Byronic Hero
You should complete and revise this plan for Thursday 9th November.
Discuss the thematic effectiveness of the use of setting in ‘Jane Eyre’, with specific reference to Gateshead and Lowood.
- Plan a response to the above question.
- You will write this under full exam conditions during Thursday’s double period.
Areas to consider:
- social inequality
- hypocrisy of religion and religious fervour
- gender hierarchies
- the roles Mrs Reed/Helen Burns/Mr Brocklehurst play in this part of the novel
- symbolism of both the red room and Helen Burns
Please read the below article to help with your analysis of the novel, and your task tomorrow.
Gothic forms in Jane Eyre
Remember that the first draft of your dissertation is due in to me on Monday 23rd October 2017.
Here is an example dissertation from a couple of years ago, which received full marks.
AI Dissertation for copying
You can also refer to the Understanding Standards website and previous handouts for guidance.
Any emergency questions or queries, just respond to one of the posts on this blog and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
For Friday 6th October’s lesson, please read the Plath section of the below article and add to your notes.
NATURE AND THE SELF DICKINSON, BISHOP, PLATH, AND OLIVER