Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a novel which is can be interpreted in many different ways. In my opinion at its core Jane Eyre is the story of an individual’s self discovery via their reaction to the world. Bronte has shaped this effectively with the use of stylistic devices, genre selection, characterisation and themes.
‘Jane Eyre ‘tells the story of an individual’s quest for identity and evolution towards maturity. The author effectively uses literary techniques to convey this message of self discovery while subtly conveying other messages regarding social class and gender inequality. Bronte portrays her view of a hypocritical society through the use of a strong willed female protagonist.
The major theme in ‘Jane Eyre’ is the development of the individual via their reaction to the world. Bronte allows us to see Jane’s journey of self discovery through the stylistic device of first person narration. As Jane is the narrative voice in both present tense and reflection the reader is able to track Jane’s journey from childhood as she reaches maturity. The use of first person narration allows readers to gain an insight into the character. For example the quote “I care for myself. The more solitary the more friendless the more unsustained I am” allows for a clear picture of Jane’s opinion and character to be seen. Here Bronte uses first person narration to reinforce the message that the text is about self and makes comments into issues in the Victorian context.
A different view of Jane’s development is the Marxist/feminist reading of Jane development as a rebel. According to critic Sara Gilbert the rebellion of Jane Eyre can be seen from the very beginning when she wants to escape the Reed family house “through flight” or “through starvation”. However, in my opinion Jane is not rebellious against standards at that time; she just isn’t easily influenced by it and is more driven by her principles and morals.
The theme of religious...