Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

The children in the village in the mountains whispered stories to one another. “I heard he’s got a long nose that he sniffs out children with!” “My big brother told me he saw a man with a tail when he was hunting in the forest!” “Mine said he saw something that walked like a man … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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Is Jane Eyre a feminist novel?

I'm going a little off topic in today's blog post, and instead of discussing Irish literature, I'm talking about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I've studied this novel twice now both on Erasmus and in this year's Victorian Literature module, and the question of feminism has come up both times. I believe Jane Eyre is a feminist novel, and here's why.

The Importance of Setting

Setting is important as it helps to establish characters as products of their time and culture. It provides the reader with context for the plot, and cultural context can answer a lot of questions readers may have about plot developments or characters' actions. For this reason, setting should not be ignored when analysing books.

Lois Farquar: A Brief Character Study

Lois Farquar, the protagonist of The Last September, is a young Anglo-Irish woman growing up in Ireland in the early twentieth century. She lives with her aunt and uncle in a Big House in Munster, and, up until the events in the novel occur, has lived the typical life of an adolescent Anglo-Irish girl. The events in The Last September mark the beginning of an end to a lifestyle Lois and the Anglo-Irish citizens of Ireland enjoyed.