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Author Study: Charlotte Brontë Curated by Pearl Au-Yeung '17

This libguide provides thorough description and analysis of Charlotte Brontë and her works.

Complex Sentence Structure

 “I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed.” (Brontë, Jane Eyre)           

This sentence can actually be summarized into: I don’t like long walks because it is cold and the people I live with make me feel bad. Brontë does not merely say that it is cold, and instead writes to illustrate the cold weather of England. The long description is connected with many commas but also impressive fluidity.

“[Belgium i]n sunshine, in prosperity, the flowers are very well; but how many wet days are there in life—November seasons of disaster, when a man's hearth and home would be cold indeed, without the clear, cheering gleam of intellect.” (Brontë, The Professor) 

This sentence can be summarized into: Summer in Belgium is nice, whereas fall is not. Brontë writes extravagantly and highly illustratively, allowing the reader to really get a glimpse into her mind.

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Jane Eyre. 2009, http://www.jane-eyre.com/pictures/37-jane-eyre.php. Accessed 11 Dec. 2016.

“Reader, I married him.” (Brontë, Jane Eyre)     

The impact of the contrastinly short senteence against all the other complex ones she usually writes draws attention to this event. The last third of novel shows Jane struggling through the moral dilemma of marrying Mr. Rochester, exploring the role and of traditional Victorian women and the understanding of oneself, and the shortness of this sentences allows the reader to understand the impact of that decision and how it defines Brontë’s character.