Victorian Age Elements in Jane Eyre. Tannon Yu Jonathan Jackson Khalid Yusuf Devin Will Kelechi Iwuanyanwu. Questions. 1. What in Jane Eyre is symbolic to the Romantic Movement? 2. True or False : Thornfield Hall is a Gothic symbol?
Tannon Yu Jonathan Jackson Khalid Yusuf Devin Will
The institution of Lowood as a whole is symbolic to the Romantic Movement. An educational academy for women, Lowood teaches its students more than just the traditional duties of what was then perceived as the separate sphere for women. Subjects normally reserved for men such as mathematics and science were taught to Jane. The most significant moment of Jane’s life in the institute was when Helen Burns died of typhus fever. Helen was symbolic to romanticism as the ideal female intellect, with religious fervor and faith to Christianity, and knowledge outside the bounds of women’s traditional roles.
Lastly, Jane’s rejection of St. John’s proposal is, similar to her rejection of Rochester, another pivotal moment in the novel. Although it was not uncommon for first cousins to marry, it was rarely out of romantic love, which was what Jane was seeking. This practice was common in the Classic Age, but Romantics often rejected this. Seeing that St. John only wanted to marry her for stability and not out of passion, and because she did not feel any romance towards him, Jane’s rejection of his proposal is again symbolic of Romantic ideals. Ironically, however, the character of St. John is a symbol in and of itself of romanticism, and Jane’s rejection of him may reflect Brontë’s own disagreement with some of the ideas involved in the Romantic Movement.