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DECONSTRUCTION and Jane Eyre. What is Deconstruction?  Questioning binary opposition  Unlimited interpretations  Ex: Jane Eyre = feminist … or misogynist?

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1 DECONSTRUCTION and Jane Eyre

2 What is Deconstruction?  Questioning binary opposition  Unlimited interpretations  Ex: Jane Eyre = feminist … or misogynist?  Questioning binary opposition  Unlimited interpretations  Ex: 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.  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.

4 Article  St John’s father and Uncle Eyre have a fued, so Eyre’s inheritance goes to Jane  St John goes to India to gain authority, but dies there  St John’s father and Uncle Eyre have a fued, so Eyre’s inheritance goes 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 Jane  Sends her to school to be “docile, good-tempered, and well-principled”.  John Eyre, John Reed, St John Rivers, Jane Eyre  Jane’s treatment of Adele mirrors Mrs. Reed’s treatment of Jane  Sends her to school to be “docile, good-tempered, and well-principled”.

6 Jane  Timid, Intelligent, Articulate, Composed, Strong, Independent

7 Bertha  Insane, Wild, Uncontrollable, Murderous, Violent

8 Jane = Bertha  Not composed  Fights with John Reed and Mrs. Reed *  Argues passionately with Rochester  As a child > rebellious, untamed. Restrained as an adult.  Not composed  Fights with John Reed and Mrs. Reed *  Argues passionately with Rochester  As a child > rebellious, untamed. Restrained as an adult.

9 Bertha = Jane  Witty, cunning, intelligent  Like Jane: articulate, “art of weeping”.  Bertha is calculating in lighting fire, “cunning in craft” *.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.


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