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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. How are Jane, Edward, and Bertha all imprisoned in different ways by different circumstances? What liberates them? How do these different processes indicate individual responsibilities in pursuing freedom?

2. Make a comparative survey of the idea of beauty in William Makepeace Thackeray's Becky Sharp, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. How important was beauty then? Now? What has changed, if anything, about the value of beauty versus brains?

3. How have ideas about child behavior changed from Jane's time to the present day? Do children have the same status today as then? If there is "extended childhood" today, what factors have brought it about? What effects does the phenomenon of "extended childhood" have on society? The economy? Character?

4. Compare the views of God as presented in this book by Jane, Helen Burns, St. John Rivers, and Rochester.

5. Describe at least three inversions, or turnarounds, of plot, character, or setting in which apparent good turns bad or vice versa. What do these inversions contribute to the story?