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Explore How Themes Develop in 'Jane Eyre'

In this worksheet students will explore how themes develop in 'Jane Eyre', considering how they are presented through Bronte's use of language and structural devices.

'Explore How Themes Develop in '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        Upper class Victorian family around a piano         


In the exam, you might be asked to comment on the presentation of a theme or idea in an extract from 'Jane Eyre' and then consider this theme or idea in the novel as a whole.


It is important that you know the key parts of the text where these themes are presented and also how they develop and change throughout the novel.


For a higher mark in the exam, it's also important to analyse Brontë's use of language and structural devices.


Some of the themes Brontë explores in the novel are:

Love and hate

Social class

Personal growth and identity


Dependence and Independence 



Passion vs. reason

The supernatural


Have a go at the following questions to revise the key themes Brontë explores in 'Jane Eyre'.


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


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