2What is Deconstruction? Questioning binary oppositionUnlimited interpretationsEx: Jane Eyre = feminist… or misogynist?
3Deconstruction 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
4ArticleSt 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
5Article 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”.
8Jane = 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.
9Bertha = Jane Witty, cunning, intelligent Like Jane: articulate, “art of weeping”.Bertha is calculating in lighting fire, “cunning in craft” *.
10Rochester 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.
11Influence over Rochester Jane: manipulative “art of weeping” *, bigamy, devotion, makes him cuckoo *.Bertha: keeps from marrying, burden, constraint.
12Misleading appearance Jane: looks plain, but is interesting, insightful, intelligent.Bertha: composed to lure in Rochester, benefits of marriage, looks beautiful to disguise mental illness.
13Free 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.