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Are there any short stories similar to the themes in Jane Eyre?

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freya199462 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM via web

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Are there any short stories similar to the themes in Jane Eyre?

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saleogirl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM (Answer #1)

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I have read The Turn of the Tcrew by Henry James, and Jane Eyre before that and felt like they are similer to each other despite the fact that Jane Eyre is a romantic novel and has a little since of Gothic whlie the Turn of the screw is a horror short story. you can search about its themes and see if the are similer. 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 9, 2013 at 4:11 AM (Answer #2)

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One of the most dynamic themes of Jane Eyre is the definition of femininity, which develops as Jane struggles to balance her need for individuality and strength against societal expectations of her gender and social class.  Short stories abound with similar themes that explore gender roles and the feminine perspective; Kate Chopin's short stories, like "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm" deal with many gender themes, especially in terms of attempting to define the differences between men and women's roles in marriage relationships. 

Another short story well worth consideration is "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which explores the theme of mental illness through a young woman's descent into depression and ultimately madness; some nice correlations could be made between Perkins and Bronte's assessments of how families cope with the mentally ill and the subsequent short-comings. 

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