David Smith (essay date 1965)
SOURCE: “Incest Patterns in Two Victorian Novels,” in Literature and Psychology, Vol. XV, No. 3, Summer, 1965, pp. 135-62.
[In the following essay, Smith argues that incest is a central theme in both Jane Eyre, where Jane struggles against her incestuous feelings for father figure Rochester, and Mill on the Floss, where the controversial flood-death scene and the passionate embrace between brother and sister illuminate the incestuous undercurrent of the novel.]
1. HER MASTER'S VOICE: JANE EYRE AND THE INCEST TABOO
Even the initial reading of Jane Eyre1 will reveal that the central organizing element is...
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