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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Examine the behavior of Georgiana Reed, Blanche Ingram, and Rosamond Oliver to determine their ultimate goals. What are they? Do you think these goals are worthwhile?

2. Contrast Georgiana Reed, Blanche Ingram, and Rosamond Oliver with Maria Temple, Helen Burns, Bessie Lee, and the Rivers sisters. What qualities distinguish the latter women?

3. In what ways are Edward Rochester and John Reed different as sons? As men of the world? How do the causes of their erratic lives differ?

4. Compare Gateshead, Thornfield, and Moor House. What factors make these places either warm and welcoming or cold and foreboding? Is one more neutral than the others?

5. In what ways does Bronte's characterization of St. John Rivers restore dignity to ministry after her portrayal of Mr. Brocklehurst? In what ways is Rivers flawed in his religious vocation, particularly as it concerns Jane?

6. Summarize Jane Eyre's philosophy of life and standard of values. How would she fit in today's society?

7. Choose any three characters in Jane Eyre and examine them as "victims." Are their victimizations real or imagined? Can they change them? What must others do to help?