Committee Chair

Guy, Matthew W.

Committee Member

Sligh, Charles; Jones, Rebecca

Department

Dept. of English

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

This thesis is designed to show the development of feminist power of Jane Eyre, the heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, by examining how her reader is addressed in the totality of this novel. The main body of this thesis will follow the four parts of Jane Eyre’s different period of her life: in childhood, in Thornfield, in Moor House and in Ferndean Manor. The rhetorical instrument of addressing her reader is influenced by her speech and silence, and appears in a gradually increasing frequency in the four parts. In this sense, Jane Eyre’s female voice is also empowered by the increasing addresses of her reader. Through the overturning the male voices by Jane’s female voice, her self-empowerment is achieved.

Degree

M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.

Date

5-2012

Subject

Feminism and literature; Eyre; Jane (Fictitious character)

Name

Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Jane Eyre

Keyword

Feminist power; Jane Eyre

Discipline

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

vi, 69 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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