Jane Eyre Victorian Bad Girl Makes Good

Scope: Though a popular novel, we learn in lecture 53, Jane Eyre scandalized the keepers of Victorian morality with all its "bad girl" manners. In fact, the heroine of the novel disdains many of the conventions of Victorian times as well as our own: she has no patience for romantic rhetoric and is a plain Jane in physical appearance. But as in Dickens, there is a dark psychology that lingers not very far beneath the surface.

Objectives- Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:

1. Explain the reasons that Jane Eyre scandalized certain segments of Victorian society.

2. Outline the theme of psychological abuse that empowers the characters of Jane Eyre.


Recommended: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights; Bronte, Jane Eyre (essays from Norton critical edition).

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