Thursday, September 29, 2011

I will not think of a clever title for this but you should listen to the Smiths song... I realize this title is quite lazy.

Smiths video
So, I thought I would start today's post with a link to a music video by the smiths. I was listening to this while reading the book and something stuck a chord with me. i noticed that Antoinette multiple times points out bitter sweet songs in which there is some one singing in an upbeat about dreary subject matter. this is fist pointed out when Christophine is singing to her and latter in the convent when she is taking notice how sister Louise sings about death in such happy manor. the smiths as a British punk anarchist band (I swear the bread these bands in the UK)has truly mastered that dissidence between an upbeat tune and morbid lyrics (they also produce some very keen guitar riffs) but when i got to reading i noticed this type of melancholy was pervasive in the text. the first section is written in the manner of a young woman so the pros seem to rad in an up beat way while the content is rather sad. then again i also noticed the repeating and my mind instantly went to Chuck Palahniuk, or Kurt Vonnegut. both of these authors enjoy repetition and both generally cover come pretty gritty subject matter(seriously if you want to feel like you never want to eat again because your stomach is to knotted up, and your skin is forever crawling read Chuck Palahniuk's "Haunted" you will never be the same it contains things you can't UN-read) but gladly, Rhy's story is much less glum. I was thinking a lot about what maybe waking dreams and also the actually dreams that Antoinette has... the remind me a lot of things that one of my best friends has told me about things he has seen, she is a delusional schizophrenic, and I was thinking about Antoinette and how both her mother and brother have mental irregularities. Knowing Antoinette's eventual fate I am beginning to believe that she may very well have a similar disorder. Then i think about her future and what is to come and I am lead to think about how all of these anxieties may cause enough tension to break her psyche. This of course is only a guess and I doubt it will be affirmed or discredited as the novel goes on. Finally, I am not that far into the new section so do not ruin anything for me but I feel that the writing style used for Rochester's is section is similar to the psyche of a young man.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And here we leave Jane.

So, earlier this week Prof. Hager mentioned that if we know the end of the story we will most likely enjoy it. I was thinking of this at the end of Jane Eyre. I was thinking that Jane being the narrator of the story gives us a pretty good Idea that at least she doesn't die. Furthermore she looks back at this as a journey to an end every struggle she mentions must lead to some form of redemption or growth. That mixed along with many of the clues Eyre (or Bronte if you prefer) has left us along the way leads us to some pretty obvious ends that may come. So, I guess I knew the end pretty early on in the book but I read on because the story intrigued me. I guess such is life, we all know the end but we all seem all to eager to speed through it (forgive the tangent). I was happy that Jane ended up with Rochester; although I knew she would be with him In die time. I was also glad that she separated herself from him enough to let Rochester grow (or get injured qualify it anyway you like) and give herself time to assert her independence. But I guess in the end the whole time I knew that it would end happily, with Jane becoming the virtues, and strong heroine but, I Guess the trajectory of the novel is what got me. It wasn't straight-line form destitution to a fairytale ending. It curved and swooped and made many corrections along the way until we could find ourselves at the end. All in all, I enjoyed seeing the destination of the novel because I got to see Jane’s movement towards and away from this final goal. So, I guess in the end I agree knowing something about the end may make us a little more intrigued with the journey.