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.
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.