Choose a scene fromJane Eyre, and build an argument about the significance of that scene for the novel as a whole by analyzing the technical workingsof the scene. For the purposes of this analysis, a scene can be as short as a paragraph or as long as three pages. This is a close reading assignment: a successful response will focus on specific language and will quote directly and judiciously from the scene in order to provide evidence for your argumentative claim. The significance of the scene will lie in the way that it intersects with one of the novel’s themes in order to establish, amplify, illustrate, or complicate the novel’s attitude towards that theme.
The effectiveness of your paragraph structure will be one of the elements evaluated in this assignment, so keep Hayot’s five types of sentences in mind as you draft and revise your analysis. This does not mean that all of your paragraphs must demonstrate Hayot’s “uneven U” structure. This does mean that all of your paragraphs should demonstrate your careful attention to the relationship between paragraph structure and argumentative development.
Details of the scene you might discuss include (but are not limited to):
Themes that will become important as we work through Jane Eyreinclude (but are not limited to):
Assignment rationale:This assignment is designed to allow you to dig deeply into a specific part of Jane Eyrein order to practice your close reading skills. In so doing, you’ll get a sense of where your analytical interests lie with respect to the nineteenth-century novel generally, which will be very useful as you plan for your final paper. This assignment will build on the work you did to explain the significance of a single word in the Word Biography Assignment.
|The analysis focuses on aspects of the scene’s language.|
|The analysis quotes directly from the scene in order to provide evidence for its claims.|
|The analysis explains why the scene is significant for the novel as a whole by demonstrating how the scene establishes, amplifies, illustrates, and/or complicatesthe novel’s attitude to one of its overarching themes.|
|The analysis unfolds in a series of well-structured paragraphs that use Hayot’s five types of sentences in effective ways.|
|The analysis follows the listed formatting requirements.|