Jane Eyre

by: Charlotte Brontë

Style

Main ideas Style

Jane Eyre’s style is descriptive and formal. Charlotte Brontë’s sentences are long, often with colons, semicolons, and elaborate word choice. For example, Jane narrates her first meeting with Mr. Rochester: “The incident had occurred and was gone for me: it was an incident of no moment, no romance, no interest in a sense; yet it marked with change one single hour of a monotonous life.” While some of the formal verbiage and lengthy syntax are characteristic of Victorian literature, this style specifically characterizes Jane as an educated and philosophical person. The meandering quality makes Jane appear thoughtful, as she tries to include every detail in her descriptions. Brontë also makes frequent biblical allusions, such as when Jane describes her marriage to Rochester as her becoming “ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.” This is a direct reference to the description of Eve’s relation to Adam in Genesis. These biblical references add a layer of morality and ethics to the novel, emphasizing the moral duty Jane feels to abandon Rochester upon learning of his marriage to Bertha Mason.