Reader, it's Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

45 thoughts on “Reader, it's Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

  1. Remarkable, even at my advanced age and with some years of post-secondary study under my sizable belt. the only time I enjoyed the thrill of having an innovative and refreshingly honest and courageous view of literature at any level of school was in grade 11, when my controversial teacher (now an award-winning local university professor, W. Kenny), who was given his exit papers from the Dartmouth City school system the following year, put the heart and soul back in English classes that the Dartmouth Regional School Board (at the time) beat to a pulp to suit the deadhead status quo at the time.

  2. He doesn't talk about the many many imperial allusions in Jane Eyre. The post-colonial critique of the novel talks about the idea of the Creole woman vis-a-vis the ideal English woman and the race and imperial hierarchical structures present in the novel. Jean Rhys' novel, 'The Wide Sargasso Sea' examines the Rochester-Bertha marriage from this angle. As a Post-colonial student of Literature, I also find the discussion on Missionary work in India and Jane's many fears regarding "being grilled under an Indian sun" an interesting point of study

  3. I dont like literature of CRASH COURSE because i sont like the behaviour of speaker. I think it is better to talk like other speakers in Crash course

  4. This video is a summary of the SparkNotes book very clearly and yet the book hasn't been referenced at all?

  5. Love everything you do, thanks for saving my butt so many times!! Please do a crash course on Wuthering Heights because it is such an amazing novel!

  6. Fun fact: Bertha Mason is NOT locked in the attic. That's one of the most popular misconceptions in literature.

  7. Jane Eyre falling in love and talking about Mr. Rochester is one of the best narrations I’ve ever read in my life

  8. Does anyone (who actually read the book) find it kind of weird that mr. Rochester marries his servant who is wayyyyy younger than her, and on her wedding day she finds out that he is actually married by some psycho that he locked up, yet she still falls in love with him when Bertha dies? Nope, just me ok

  9. This video is infused with a lot of personal bias regarding Jane's motivations and how other characters were portrayed. Sexually precocious illegitimate daughter? Where did you get that from?

  10. No idea why so many girls are soooo into reading books like this. I find the dynamic between men and women so interesting in this trait. I'm not going to say I don't enjoy reading "fun" books, but damn. The only books I have read over the last 5 1/2 years have been technical manuals and textbooks on software development & information structures. My mind is too fried to pick up and read another book, fun or not.

  11. I wrote a paper in college on Jane Eyre, I was on the science track, and formal literature was beyond me, where I had read hundreds of books, but none of it was disciplined, and just the usual fantasy and science fiction. I was struck by three things when I was researching 19th century England at the library. The first is that in 19th century medicine was poor, the dead babies literally littered the London streets of a city of shopkeepers, that is the first metropolis that became bigger than the famous city of Rome: This was from the church archives and they ran the orphanages, and there were many homeless children on the streets. The second thing that struck me is slavery was an institution, and I had always assumed that it was men just being mean to another, where I found entire business studies on the practice of slavery: The slave was like a owned government automobile, where each is assigned a value to spend money on, and once the value was consumed by spending money on the slave's life, then you replace him, because he became unprofitable —— and this for the sugar plantations. Meaning, it was government duty to be in the business of slavery —— and this is culture, law, and language. This business dream of selling enough slaves destroyed my innocence and my illusions, and I became a different person in all of my arguments on what freedom means, where we have every reason to fear government, because the pie-in-the-sky, pipe dreams that governments gives us has a government agent punishing you for not conforming to even slavery, until you live in fear of not having slaves (socialism is a chilling effect on freedom, and this is a cause to reject government nanny-state practices, because you shall do it into the absurd). The third thing that struck me, the noble lords controlled 90% of the wealth; the people are helpless to serve themselves (this comes with the joke, the local baron owns every acre including aunt Edna's butt); ten thousand pounds a year for a lord could cover his life needs (food and clothing), debts, gambling, mistress, and apartment in London to be near to the ruling royal family. FYI, absentee lords are common in the British Empire, where they are either traveling abroad for some trade practice (East India Tea Company as an example) or living in London to be near the ruling royals; this was a complaint of the American Revolution, where there are no lords with authority to honor, where they are in London. This means, the people are desperate, and they will sell any slave for a meal, and it is the eye of the tiger law of the land, the law of the jungle.

  12. Has anyone here read Anne Bronte? Charlotte’s Jane Eyre is commonly regarded as a classic (“It says so right on the spine!”) and Emily’s Wuthering Heights is perhaps even more brilliant, but poor Anne is almost always reduced to nothing more than a brief side-mention. Is Agnes Grey worth reading?

  13. Where was it confirmed that Adele was Rochester's daughter, since its stated that her mother was promiscuous? Also, was it really sad that Jane had to give up part of herself to be with Rochester at the end, considering not much mourning goes into Bertha's death? After all the things she puts Rochester through, doesn't it show the grief Jane could have put Rochester through had she not been taught properly? (Given that Bertha is a reflection of Jane's inner turmoil)

  14. I really want to keep seeing Jane eyre as having a happy ending so what abt this…
    She does clearly grow and change but in settling down as a wife, she has chosen her own destiny. All her life she was kept down and pushed to be more gentile by those around her, but simultaneously in their put downs she found something to be her rock: her principles. Her religion and modesty, which doesn’t really make sense to me a 16 year old today, but it also makes perfect sense; it was what got her through all hardships time and time again. Of course falling in love she is thrilled, but mr. Rochester himself shakes her principles. He is prideful where she is modest, he is emotional where she is reserved. He is opposite what she values at that point. That’s at least why he likes her, opposites attract and all. She runs away because of her values. The thumb on the scale had been pushing too far on her passionate side, so the only way to ease her consciousness is to submit to the will of her childhood masters and keep to social and moral norms rigidly no matter the cost. When she runs away, the St. John story is particularly interesting to me. He is the embodiment of her core values. What she thought was the ideal character she suddenly realizes is not what it seems. She sees the coldness and the lifelessness and, most troublingly, how close she is to that life (seeing as he’s her flesh and blood). In repeated rejecting John, Jane eyre finally realizes the validity of emotion and the importance of her own happiness, using her strength of character and passion in harmony. Mr. Rochester has compromised too, his wealth his stature to live more plainly. Obviously Jane has the more complex character arc but the mirror each other. I don’t think her settling down is depressing because she is happy. Her independence was not finding equality or justice in a grand scale (that was never the intention, I don’t think antone would argue that) but to find peace within herself. To find security, love, balance within yourself on your own terms is all that one can ask for. And Jane accomplished that in my view. The inner turmoil of her soul finally found equilibrium.

  15. Are y’all gonna ignore the creepy racist implications about Bertha? Why did she make her a creole both black and white only to point out how gross and disturbed she is without any sympathy about the fact that she’s a woman in a world that discriminate and demeans her as a black woman and the only attachment of security mr rauchester locks her up as an animal and threatens to cast her aside for another woman who wouldn’t go crazy? This should be the most blatant case of white privileged prospective I mean for someone that is supposedly so proto feminist charlotte really seems oblivious to the very same prejudices that she’s subjected to to convey her message

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