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Posted by Cassia on October 10, 1997 at 14:15:56:
In response to "reader, i married him"..., written by greg on October 10, 1997 at 01:42:08
] that oates review was great, cassia - thanks. the proto-feminist theme she uses is apparently a very popular way to view the book. i can see why, and think i could do a decent freshman paper on that if i put my pen to it. so much great material there - one could review the novel from so many viewpoints. a related theme could be, "critical review of jane eyre by bronte's male contemporaries". i'd like to be able to establish bronte's motivation for her seemingly radical statements; i.e., can one argue that if these sentiments arose spontaneously from the story, do they actually become more convincing than if she'd simply used the opportunity to make a more "political" statement?
One of the things that really peeved CB in life as in the novel was the assuption that some people could be simply ignored, pushed to the side if they were gifted with extraodinary talent, beauty or wealth. Once she got attention, CB used it to further her cause. She was still angry at the assuptions of her society until she died, IMHO. All of my suppositions are based are her published letters to Mrs Gaskell.
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