JANE EYRE – A VICTORIAN REPRESENTATION OF A FAIRY TALE

Posted On Nov 11 2015 by

This paper parallels the Victorian novel Jane Eyre (1847) and different fairy tales due to similar motifs and symbols. Our paper compares common themes between the two types of narratives; the emphasis falls on: miserable childhood, oppressive families, patriarchal societies, presence of an ally, the ultimate happy ending next to a Prince Charming. Later on, the focus shifts on the differences between them among which we can mention: the different interest in fashion and appearance, different types of Prince Charming, different expectations in life. And finally we were interested in portraying the Victorian epoch in which Charlotte Brontë’s novel is …


RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE IN HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY-DICK

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Religion, no matter which one in particular, has always constituted an important signifying system which has been wisely explored and exploited by scholars and artists for its rich display of “ready-made” parables, symbols, metaphors, or archetypes. Taking advantage of the fact that the teachings of the holy scriptures were so deeply and vividly present in the conscience of all church-goers, artists, writers in particular, did not hesitate to use religious imagery, religious symbolism, religious discourse in general, in order to convey their meanings more easily, and surely a lot more efficiently. Herman Melville is no exception; without the pretence of …