The Journey of Jane
*To analyze why and how individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text
*To read closely to draw inferences
*To prepare for and to participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations
Last class we reviewed the concept of Bildungsroman, which refers to a novel of self-development. Bildungsroman consists of four general characteristics (from handout):
1. It is a story of a single individual’s growth and development within the context of a defined social order.
2. The hero beings the journey because of loss or discontentment.
3. Throughout the long process of maturity there are repeated clashes between the hero’s needs/desires and the views/judgments of a rigid society.
4. By the end the hero begins to internalize social values. At this point, the hero also tends to assess himself and his new place in society.
Jane Eyre consists of five distinct sections, which can be read as building a bildungsroman. Given the extensive Biblical and spiritual allusions throughout the text, the novel more specifically might be considered a novel of spiritual self-development.
Analysis of Jane as (Religious) Bildungsroman Directions:
· With a partner, review your assigned portion of the text. You may skim and/or refer back to your reading questions.
· Get a chart paper and some markers. Divide one side into four squares.
o Square One: Draw a timeline for this chapter. Choose no less than five key events to incorporate.
o Square Two: Answer the following questions:
§ What brings Jane to this place? Was it loss or discontent?
§ What new conflicts does Jane experience as she clashes with the established social order here?
o Square Three: Draw a symbolic representation of Jane given what she goes through and/or the ways in which she grows in your section (include labels).
o Square Four: Write a paragraph that addresses the following (you may need to continue onto the back of your chart):
§ How has Jane changed through her experiences within this section? Does she have a new place in society? What is it? Does she have a new relationship with religion/spirituality? What is it?
· Timeline _______/5
o Consists of 5+ major events
o Consists of events relevant to section
o Is detailed enough to understand
· Short Answers _______/5
o Address all four questions
o Are relevant to section
o Are supported by specific examples and/or plot details
· Symbolic Drawing _______/5
o Seems to represent interpretation of Jane from section
o Contains descriptive labels
· Long Paragraph Answer _______/10
o Addresses all questions
o Provides more than yes/no answers
o Supports answers with more specific textual evidence relevant to length
· Presentation _______/5
o Clearly presents group’s opinions on Jane Eyre as bildungsroman
o Speaks clearly at a reasonable pace
o Makes eye contact with the audience
o Addresses audience questions