Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Jane Eyre 36-38 (conclusion)
What do you make of the end? Much has been written. Much has been said in response to the novel's tidy but unsettling conclusion. Let's look closely. Like chapter 26 the final several chapters reshape how we make sense of what we have already read. Earlier there is a turning away; here there is a turning toward. What do we make of it in terms of what the end says about passion, morality, the social order (& the natural order for that matter), fulfillment of the self, etc.?