Jane Eyre and the Advent of First-Person Narratives

Charlotte Bronte is given credit for crafting what is considered the first of a long series of first-person narratives. Her Jane Eyre is not the usual beautiful, self-assured heroine, but rather has inspired the others, the misfits, the ones who have felt like outsiders to see themselves as strong, resilient and intelligent. Readers share their enthusiasm for Bronte's novel in a short video.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to launch a class reading of the novel
Classroom Considerations
  • One of five PBS Jane Eyre resources
  • Designed for California educators but appropriate for any study of the novel
Pros
  • Compares the novel to other first-person narratives selected for the Great American Read series
Cons
  • None