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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre Essay - Critical Essays

Sample Essay Outlines

  • Topic #1

    Choose one or more aspects of Charlotte Brontë’s life and discuss how she transferred these facts into fiction in Jane Eyre.

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: Many aspects and experiences of Charlotte Brontë’s life can be seen in Jane Eyre’s life.
    A. Background of Victorian England
    l. Views on child rearing
    2. Roles for woman

    II. Charlotte Brontë’s Early Life
    A. Daughters of the Clergy School at Cowan Bridge
    1. Harsh treatment
    2. Death of sisters Maria and Elizabeth
    B. Lowood School
    1. Harsh treatment
    2. Death of Helen Burns

    III. Education
    A. Charlotte’s work as a teacher and governess
    1. Roe Head
    B. Jane’s work as a teacher and governess
    1. Thornfield Hall

    IV. Romantic hero
    A. Charlotte and Constantin Heger
    B. Jane and Rochester

  • Topic #2

    Examine Charlotte Brontë’s religious background, and how she presented her Christian values through the novel Jane Eyre.

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: Charlotte Brontë’s religious beliefs and Christian values were represented by a variety of characters in the novel Jane...

(The entire section is 440 words.)