JANE EYRE Lowood: Chapters 5-10 Page, Luna, Carly, Annie
V- Helen Burns: First Encounter p48 - "I hardly know where I found the hardihood thus to open a conversation with a stranger. The step was contrary to my nature and habits" - "her occupation touched a chord of sympathy somewhere, for I, too, liked reading, though of a frivolous and childish kind. I could not digest or comprehend the serious or substantial." -"I saw nothing about fairies, nothing about genii" - "The only marked event of the afternoon was, that I saw the girl with whom I had conversed in the veranda, dismissed in disgrace, by Miss Scatcherd"
Helen and Jane Debate "Probably you would do nothing of the sort: but if you did, Mr. Brocklehurst would expel you from the school; that would be a great grief to your relations. It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you; and besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil." Jane does not understand Helen's Christian reasoning -Helen appreciates Miss Scatcherd and the education given -Unconditional love from Helen for this "mother figure" stemming from her Christian values
Helen and Jane Debate "Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you CANNOT BEAR what it is your fate to be required to bear." Helen believes that you cannot change your fate just because you are afraid. "Read the New Testament, and observe what Christ says, and how He acts; make His word your rule, and His conduct your example." "What does He say?" "Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you." "Then I should love Mrs. Reed, which I cannot do; I should bless her son John, which is impossible." Helen is failing to influence Jane with her Christian ideas (at the time) Yet her goodness is influences Jane in the long run by taking a maternal role.
Helen and Jane Debate Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. Jane holds onto her anger while Helen encourages her to let it go. I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last: with this creed revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low: I live in calm, looking to the end." At this point Helen gives up for the day as Jane is still not fully grasping the importance of letting things go. Helen lives by a "love thy neighbor" standard
Before Helen assesses Jane -Jane drops slate -"...an impulse of fury against Reed, Brocklehurst, and Co. bounded in my pulses at the conviction. I was no Helen Burns..." -Jane on stool, Brocklehurst: SHUN JANE, SHE LIES
Helen assesses Jane -pg. 70 "...if others don't love me, I would rather die than live--I cannot bear solitary and hatred."..ironic.. -to gain affection, I'd let myself be beaten and kicked -Helen cautions Jane about passions: "too impulsive, too vehement: why should we sink overwhelmed with distress, when life is so soon over?" jane, control yourself. -it's important that Helen says this, considering her situation
looking back... -looking back- Helen has a sort of taming quality, Jane on stool--feels that she can bear humiliation because of Helen's presence -maternal influence -Jane internalizes what she says
Jane Desires Liberty -Ms. Temple leaves, marrying, and causing restlessness in Jane -"My world had for some years been in Lowood: my experience had been of its rules and systems; now I remembered that the real world was wide"
Jane Desires Liberty My eye passed all other object to rest on those most remote, the blue peaks. It was those I longed to surmount; all within their boundary of rock and heath seemed prison- ground, exile limits. I traced the white road winding round the base of one mountain, and vanishing in a gorge between two. How I longed to to follow it farther! I recalled the time when I had travelled that very road in a coach; I remembered descending that hill at twilight.
Jane Desires Liberty I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing. I abandoned it and framed a humbler supplication. For change, stimulus. That petition, too, seemed swept off into vague space. "Then," I cried, half desperate, "grant me at least a new servitude!"
Jane Desires Liberty "'A new servitude! There is something in that,' I soliloquised" -Jane resolves that she should leave Lowood -Jane no longer has any connection to Lowood now that Miss Temple
Influential Characters: Helen Burns: - Jane must make an effort to receive her attention. - Admired by Jane (and pitied) -motherly qualities Miss Temple: -Jane's Mentor
Themes & Motifs -Autonomy -Desire for Love -Religion -Social class (obstacle) -Gender expectations & relations -Fantasy vs. Reality -Gothicism & Mystery -Substitute Mothers