What an astonishing collection of readings in Jane Eyre! Are we reading the same text? I'm delighted with the variety of impressions, since all can claim to a grain of truth. Egz.
“i think jane is a christ figure”
”i dont think feminism has a "prototype" in jane eyre at all.”
“My only worry is the way the liberals twist it all around and use it as a way to slam Christianity and promote feminism.”
“Jane Eyre, in my view, can be considered as a fictional version of J. S. Mill’s seminal work The Subjection of Women (1869).”
“It is very deep and probably too deep for anyone who hasn't really read a lot yet...”
“ An image of Paradise Lost’s Satan can also be found in the first watercolour Rochester chooses from Jane’s pile of paintings. The watercolour features a cormorant, which was Satan’s disguise in Paradise when he went to have a look how he could tempt Eve into eating the fruit of the Tree. “
“In my analysis of the text throughout this paper, I will take feminism approach. The method I will adopt is textual analysis, both interpretive textual analyses and content analysis.”
In the 04-19-2007 note, dirac1984 wrote “Jane Eyre has maintained to be a quite popular classic fiction since its publication in 1837. Even in a recent poll about reading classics in Great Britain Jane Eyre is on the third place after only Pride and Prejudice and The King of Rings.”, if valid and assuming a degree of discrimination in the reading public, I find it astonishing.
Since I'm not familiar with fantasy fiction and could not reference The King of the Rings, perhaps dirac1984 meant The Lord of the Rings by John Ronald Tolkien or is the cited author Joanne Rowling of the Harry Potter fantasy series? The three books, authors, as well as the reading public are so different. How are we to reconcile the popularity?
If dirac1984's reference is to Rowling, then I can use a most singular fact of the three authors: Joanne Rowling, 42, is the world’s richest author, $1.1 billion. A distinction that was not dreamt of by Austen or Bronte. Therefore what is the kernel of the popularity, bridging time, age and experience? I think that it is the ability to transfer an intense, direct, very subjective experience.
Charlotte Bronte is generally not regarded as equivalent to Jane Austen in style or depth of psychological exploration. In my opinion,The Professor, Shirley and Villette are minor works that do not repeat the intensity of Jane Eyre. Stylistically there is no continuity with the first novel, there is no overarching vision. One can't compare Bronte's subsequent writing to Austen's tread in Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. Yet IMHOP Jane Eyre is a masterwork and it's core is the transference of an emotional truth. A personal yet universal, subjective truth, that is more akin to poetic experience than a rational exposition.
Therefore I'll argue Jane Eyre from this subjective view point. That “i think jane is a christ figure” is closer to pluming the meaning of Jane Eyre than kiki's very interesting gloss, that there are sub plots and meanings in allusions in Jane Eyre: “but rather that there is a mythic aspect and a magic aspect both at the same time, like there are beside that allusion to the Romans, allusions to Milton, allusions to Shakespeare and many others “.
Now, I like kiki's gloss, find it much more interesting but the simplistic “i think jane is a christ figure”, is closer to the mark in understanding Jane Eyre. Contradictions in art are not easy.