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    The main theme of Jane Eyre

    I was having some trouble deciding what the main theme of the book is. It would be really helpful if anyone had any suggestions,it is for an assignment
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylou_22 View Post
    I was having some trouble deciding what the main theme of the book is. It would be really helpful if anyone had any suggestions,it is for an assignment
    This should help you... click on this link:
    http://www.enotes.com/eyre/

    Down the right side of that page is THIS list of links:

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    Jane Eyre: Introduction
    Overview
    Charlotte Brontë Biography
    One-Page Summary
    Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 1-3 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 4-6 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 7-10 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 11-15 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 16-19 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 20-22 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 23-25 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 26-27 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 28-29 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 30-31 Summary and Analysis
    Chapter 32-33 Summary and Analysis
    Chapter 34-35 Summary and Analysis
    Chapters 36-38 Summary and Analysis
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    Chapters 4-6 Questions and Answers
    Chapters 7-10 Questions and Answers
    Chapters 11-15 Questions and Answers
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    Chapters 23-25 Questions and Answers
    Chapters 26-27 Questions and Answers
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    Chapters 36-38 Questions and Answers
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    Historical Context
    Critical Overview
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    Overview of Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre: The Quest for Optimism
    Two Crises of Decision in Jane Eyre
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have a membership to enotes so I can only read the first part/introduction. my problem is that my teacher is very strict and has emphasized that our essays must be on the main theme of our books. I am having a hard time deciding what the main theme is as there are a couple themes in Jane Eyre. I really need to get a good grade on this assignment so any help would be really appreciated. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylou_22 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have a membership to enotes so I can only read the first part/introduction. my problem is that my teacher is very strict and has emphasized that our essays must be on the main theme of our books. I am having a hard time deciding what the main theme is as there are a couple themes in Jane Eyre. I really need to get a good grade on this assignment so any help would be really appreciated. Thanks.
    I'm terrily sorry. I didn't realize that!

    This page has several themes to choose from:
    http://www.answers.com/topic/jane-eyre-novel-3

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    Thanks that website was really helpful, but I was wondering if I could get any help as to what you all thought the main theme of the book is, there are a couple to choose from and I don't know which one is the best main theme. (sorry I'm sounding really pick, this teacher is just really strict!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylou_22 View Post
    Thanks that website was really helpful, but I was wondering if I could get any help as to what you all thought the main theme of the book is, there are a couple to choose from and I don't know which one is the best main theme. (sorry I'm sounding really pick, this teacher is just really strict!)
    I think you're supposed to choose the one you would most like to write about. This is all opinion, not fact. My favorite theme is the romance. What's yours?

    According to the Answers page:
    "On its most simple and obvious level, Jane Eyre is a love story."

    I agree.
    Last edited by sciencefan; 01-01-2008 at 07:09 PM.

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    I also I like romance, and thought I might be able to do my paper on Jane’s quest to be loved, though I don't know if that is a theme? throughout the novel Jane does seem to want to be loved, and not just in marriage but friendship also, or that is what I thought as I was reading the book. do you think that could work as a theme, or should I do something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylou_22 View Post
    I also I like romance, and thought I might be able to do my paper on Jane’s quest to be loved, though I don't know if that is a theme? throughout the novel Jane does seem to want to be loved, and not just in marriage but friendship also, or that is what I thought as I was reading the book. do you think that could work as a theme, or should I do something else?
    I LOVE it! Great idea!

    I wish you good success!

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    As I have been working on this essay I have found it a lot harder then I initially thought it would be. I was wondering if you had an idea's to help me out, I would really appreciate it.

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    The main theme of Jane Eyre is the strugle of life and true love.
    It is also her strugle betwen love and living without sin.

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    You all have great ideas but those are not themes. The main theme of the story is more like no matter how bad your start is you can always make your ending better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylou_22 View Post
    I was having some trouble deciding what the main theme of the book is. It would be really helpful if anyone had any suggestions,it is for an assignment
    The main theme? Do you mean what type of novel is it (like Gothic, Romantic &tc.)?
    Well, if you ask me what I've written above, I can surely tell you that it's a gothic, dramatic and romantic novel!

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