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What are some themes in the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte?Whay is the main...

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user5580123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM via web

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What are some themes in the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte?

Whay is the main theme and other themes of 'Jane Eyre'?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM (Answer #2)

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One of the main themes of the novel I like to call “love will find a way.”  Cheesy, I know.  However, the idea is that regardless of social class, two people can fall in love.  Despite the barriers, Jane manages to find love and friendship.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM (Answer #3)

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There are so many different issues that Jane has to deal with in Bronte's novel. The way men treat women in book is a recurring motif that depicts the way men thought of women at that time. Men degrade, manipulate, lie to, and maltreat Jane at every turn in her life! Even her dear Mr. Rochester lies to her about his hidden-away wife and manipulates her feelings by courting another woman right in front of her. It is truly despicable how Jane is treated throughout the novel, but it must provide some truth to the "accepted" ways of English culture and society during Bronte's time.

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lszcat | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM (Answer #4)

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lszcat | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM (Answer #5)

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haha im just kidding. another theme could be passion vs. restraint... jane has a strong love for rochester despite learning that he is already married. she tries to restrain herself but soon goes back to visit him and the twon end up getting married

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM (Answer #6)

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I couldn't help but notice domestic violence and manipulation in Bronte's Jane Eyre. It seemed like every male who came into Jane's life lied to or about her and manipulated her. The worst part is that it seemed to be the norm for these men to treat women with such disrespect. First there was the male cousin in her youth who tried to play Lord of the Manner by hitting her and yelling at her. Then there was Brocklhurst who mistreated her. Finally, the two men who wanted tomarry her manipulated (or tried to) her into doing what they wanted--as if she didn't have her own willand brain to figure things out! Living life as a governess in such a male-dominated society must have been suffocating for the women back then.

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