Religion, Femininity and Love in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

“Miss Eyre is rather a brazen miss,” wrote one reader, referring to the passionate main character of Charlotte Bronte’s most famous novel. Indeed, the novel received unfavorable reviews from its early critics for going against deeply entrenched codes of conduct and femininity. Jane’s outbursts of emotion, her then-radical assertion of the woman’s right to go beyond roles assigned by custom and her rejection of borders imposed by class caused controversy. In fact, Elizabeth Rigby calls Jane “unchristian,” saying that Jane Eyre couldn’t have been written by a female. She ultimately says that even if the book was penned by a woman, it was penned by one “who has, for some sufficient reason, long forfeited the society of her own sex.” (Weisser, p. xiv)

Making Sense of the Parthenon Frieze?

Construction began on the Parthenon as we know it today in 447 B.C. The original temple was destroyed by the Persians in the sackings of 480 and 479 B.C. and the Athenians decided to leave the ruins as a reminder of the evil of the invaders. However by 450 B.C. peace had been struck and it became apparent that Athens needed a grand monument to represent its great new status. This is the backdrop against which the Parthenon frieze was built. The frieze is exceptional in Greek art because nowhere else are humans depicted alongside the gods. The exact story behind the frieze is unknown as no antiquities still exist on the subject from that period. For centuries archaeologists have tried to decipher its meaning and there are many theories as to what inspired it but still there is division among experts about what it means. In this essay I will attempt to evaluate these different viewpoints but to do so one must first understand the origins of the frieze.

Classicism – Classification of Classic Art

Classical art can be somed up as the following: “Aesthetic attitudes and principles based on the culture, art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and characterized by emphasis on form, simplicity, proportion, and restrained emotion.”

Audre Lorde – The Defragmented Form

It was Audre Lorde who gave birth to the idea of the erotic as power. She embraces it to be the passion, joy and connection within us all. Lorde distinguishes this power from the mere sensations involved in pornography, which represents the oppression of true feelings. She so boldly proclaims that, “We have been warned against it all of our lives by the male world, which values this depth of feeling enough to keep women around in order to exercise it in the service of men, but which fears this same depth too much to examine the possibilities of it within themselves” (537). And it is because of this fear, she continues, “The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used

Biography of Salvadore Dali

Salvador Dali is considered as the greatest artist of the surrealist art movement and one of the greatest masters of art of the twentieth century. During his lifetime the public got a picture of a person who was eccentric and paranoid. His personality caused a lot of controversy throughout his life.

Why I Hate The Opera

I am not a big fan of opera. It seems so theatrical, which I know is the point, but excessively so for my tastes. They oftentimes sing in foreign languages, which may seem romantic, but to the everywoman I am, it seems my daughter can

Biography of Vincent van Gogh and Igor Stravinsky

“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passerby see only a wisp of smoke rising from the chimney and continue on their way.”
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853-July 29, 1890) second child to Anna Cornelia Carbentus and

Biography of Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan on October 3, 1943. He originally attended Keio University, and graduated with a law degree. In 1966, he switched gears and headed towards the world of fashion by attending Bunka Fashion College. The main reason why