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Overview of Context for 'Jane Eyre'

In this worksheet, students will revise the key contextual factors surrounding Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.

'Overview of Context for 'Jane Eyre'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   19th Century Prose, 19th Century Novel, The 19th Century Novel

Curriculum subtopic:   Jane Eyre

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Victorian woman         Silhouette of a woman in flames         Victorian upper class family around a piano


How do the images above relate to the context of 'Jane Eyre'?


In the exam, you will be asked to analyse an extract from the novel and consider how similar ideas are presented in the novel as a whole.


Many of the exam boards will expect you to consider the key contextual factors surrounding the novel in your analysis.



In this activity we will explore the key contextual factors around 'Jane Eyre' and will think about:


- Brontë's own life experiences

- aspects of genre

- what was happening in the world at the time Brontë was writing

- how the novel was received


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

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