2 What is Deconstruction? Questioning binary oppositionUnlimited interpretationsEx: Jane Eyre = feminist… or misogynist?
3 Deconstruction Article Jane doesn’t connect with women, only men who are trapped by their families and escape through imperialism.Rochester’s older brother inherits their family wealth, so Edward marries a woman in Jamaica.Trapped in marriage with Bertha, so can’t marry Jane.imperialsm-Rochester's older brother inherits their family wealth, so Edward marries a woman in Jamaica-Trapped in marriage with Bertha so can't marry Jane
4 ArticleSt John’s father and Uncle Eyre have a fued, so Eyre’s inheritance goes to JaneSt John goes to India to gain authority, but dies there-St to Jane-St John goes to India to gain authority, but dies there
5 Article John Eyre, John Reed, St John Rivers, Jane Eyre Jane’s treatment of Adele mirrors Mrs. Reed’s treatment of JaneSends her to school to be “docile, good-tempered, and well-principled”.
8 Jane = Bertha Not composed Fights with John Reed and Mrs. Reed *Argues passionately with RochesterAs a child > rebellious, untamed. Restrained as an adult.Ex 1 line, skit w/ mrs reed.
9 Bertha = Jane Witty, cunning, intelligent Like Jane: articulate, “art of weeping”.Bertha is calculating in lighting fire, “cunning in craft” *.
10 Rochester constrains J & B Bertha: physically held in attic.Jane: mentally manipulated to fall deeper in love with him.Selfish: Jane - for his happiness, protection. Bertha - guiltlessness, security, benefits from marriage.
11 Influence over Rochester Jane: manipulative “art of weeping” *, bigamy, devotion, makes him cuckoo *.Bertha: keeps from marrying, burden, constraint.
12 Misleading appearance Jane: looks plain, but is interesting, insightful, intelligent.Bertha: composed to lure in Rochester, benefits of marriage, looks beautiful to disguise mental illness.
13 Free spirits Societal constraints nonexistent Jane: Doesn’t hold her tongue, speaks her mind.Bertha: Doesn’t hold back in actions, tries to kill Rochester, laughs wildly.