Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Jane Eyre


Charlotte Brontë:
Jane Eyre

  • How does Brontë convey a sense of childhood? What is the significance and the result of the “red room” experience in terms of Jane’s development?
  • What finally are the strengths and weaknesses of Helen Burns’ philosophy?
  • Interpret the pictures drawn by Jane and described in Chapter 13. What might they mean and what is their effect on Rochester?
  • What does the fiction (that she is ‘other-worldly’) Rochester creates about Jane indicate about his character?
  • Why does Jane use art to punish herself (see the end of Chapter 16)? How does this work exactly?
  • In what way does Jane have power (despite the master/slave dynamics) in her relationship with Rochester?
  • In what ways is Bertha Jane’s doppelganger. What clues do we have, and what is the significance of this?
  • What sort of figure is St. John and what does he represent in a love relationship?
  • Discuss the end of Chapter 35. What is Jane’s state of mind, and given this, what do we make of the “supernatural” event?
  • Does the end of the novel offer a successful solution to the master/slave dynamics? Explain.