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The Oedipal Dynamic in Jane Eyre

Abstract : Jane Eyre is a mainstay of literature : it has been studied, analyzed and reviewed since its publishing. Charlotte Brontë's young narrator begins her life from a position of exclusion and frustration among the Reed family. Her traumatizing experience of the red-room is going to change her life dramatically. One major aim of this memoire will be to try to bring about a different approach to Jane's quest, the reason why our young narrator decides to go on a quest from the red-room episode. What exactly is she looking for ? Some part of the answer can be found as we turn to some preeminent psychoanalysts, such as Bion, Winnicott and Klein... Another consequential, and yet not evident, element of the novel, is the narrator's ambiguous relationship with Rochester, the patriarchal figure : a substitute for the missing father in Jane's family structure who will, in a certain way, re-enact with her the basic pattern of Oedipal dynamics. We will see that Jane Eyre shares many similarities with the Oedipus myth. Charlotte Brontë's life will also be studied as a means to reinforce this understanding of the noveL.
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Aurélie Dell'Olio. The Oedipal Dynamic in Jane Eyre. Literature. 2010. ⟨dumas-00518020⟩

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