Making a Murderer is still on my mind. People Magazine featured a story about it as well—so I assume it’s on many people’s minds. In fact, I’m going to a happy hour gathering next week where the express purpose is to discuss the many theories around what might have happened and whether or not Avery is innocent, all over a pint or two. This raises a murky discomfort… is it ok to have a party to discuss the show? Are we making too much light of the tragedies? Are we forgetting that this isn’t just a story—it’s several people’s reality? But this is what we do all the time, for The Bachelor and The Real Housewives and other “reality” shows.
So sorry I’ve been MIA lately–I’ve been traveling, doing the holidays, and dealing with some personal things. Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. I can’t believe 2015 is just around the corner!
Sundays with Jane is all about delving into the richness that is Jane Eyre. It’s a book I re-read every year because it never fails to impress and provoke me. I’ve learned so many lessons from this book, and there are so many quotes that have applied at different times to my life.
This week I want to cover one of the popular themes in JE: fire and ice. It’s a topic covered by countless English undergrads, and for good reason—Charlotte Bronte is a master of metaphor. And you can’t possibly miss all of the fire/heat/ice/cold talk in this book; it’s everywhere. So I’m not going to list or discuss all the instances of this metaphor, because that would take days and has been done many times elsewhere; instead, we’re just going to talk about a few that shed insight into the lives of the characters.
It’s no secret that Jane’s personality is described many times throughout the book as fiery. (This is why I’m always surprised by movie adaptations where Jane is sullen, silent, and meek. Have these people read the book?!) Sometimes, Jane’s fire is a positive force, and sometimes it is a negative one. One of my favorite quotes from JE comes after Jane’s famous quarrel with Aunt Reed:Continue Reading
Welcome to Sundays with Jane. Every week I’ll be covering certain themes and topics in Jane Eyre, in an attempt to explain just how much I love this book and how much richness there is to it. Certainly, this list isn’t exhaustive and I may very well add more weeks to this series as we go, but what I currently plan to cover includes:
- Fire & Ice
- Magic & Mysticism
- Emotion & Integrity
- Use of the 1st Person
Last Sunday we talked about two words, “automaton” and “deglutition,” which Charlotte Bronte uses to give us insight into Jane Eyre’s complex feelings about the role of emotion in our lives.
Today we’ll discuss “puerile” and “hierophant”—one word which is used again to shed light on how Jane feels about emotion and sentimentality, and the other word which brings to light something entirely different.Continue Reading