In the exam, you will need to able to support your ideas with quotations from the exam extract and from the novel as a whole.
You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.
For a higher mark in the exam, you should try to analyse quotations closely and evaluate their impact and consider how they reflect the key contextual factors surrounding the novel
The diagram below shows how we can analyse quotations for the highest marks in the exam:
"...the trunk split down the centre, gasped ghastly" Symbolism Foreshadows how Jane and Rochester's relationship will be torn apart. Brontë reflects how Jane and Rochester's relationship, outside of their own social classes, is in conflict with the expectations of Victorian society.
So, for each quotation you use, think about:
- what language or structural device has Brontë used and what effect do these have?
- how do the quotations reflect something about the key contextual factors surrounding 'Jane Eyre'?
In this activity, we will practise evaluating the impact of quotations in this way.
You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.