Jane Eyre

Unit 17
Jane Eyre

New Knowledge/Reading Knowledge


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

What do you think the story, Jane Eyre, is all about ?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. gothic (adj.) 哥特式的,哥特風格的
Gothic clothing was a fashion thing before.

2. scandalized (v.) (不道德的行為)使震驚,使反感,使憤慨
Women avoid being scandalized back in the days.

3. canonized (v.) 推崇,視…極其重要
There was a petition for Jane to be canonized.

4. pioneering feminist (phr.) 女性主義先驅性的
Jane is a pioneering feminist.

5. astute (phr.) 精明的,敏銳的
She was an astute observer.

6. mercurial   (adj.) 多變的,反复無常的
Her husband has a mercurial temper!

7. fraught with (idi.) 充滿
The situation was fraught with danger.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Although most of us know Jane Eyre as a timeless classic, when this 19th century novel was first published, it quickly earned its reputation as a “naughty book.”

Written by Charlotte Bronte, this gothic romance enthralled and scandalized readers in equal measure.

However, its radical take on the female protagonist canonized it as a pioneering feminist text.

The plot follows the life of Jane Eyre, an astute and witty young orphan whose quest for independence leads her to become a governess to the mercurial Mr. Rochester.

Despite the odds, the two fall madly in love. But their relationship is fraught with problems and is later put to the test when a dark secret threatens to sunder their relationship.

But luckily, love prevails, and Jane finds happiness without compromising her priorities or values.

Apart from the gripping plot, the novel broke from tradition by embracing the first person narrative. The shift set new standards and the book was hailed as an introspective masterpiece.

Almost 200 years since its publication, the story continues to resonate with readers who struggle against the confines of society and yearn for a place of their own.



earned a/its reputation

The phrase “to earn a/its reputation” means to become well-known for something. For instance, in today‘s lesson dialogue, we learned that Jane Eyre quickly earned its reputation as a ‘naughty book’.

The phrase can be followed by: 1. as + a + noun; 2. for being + a + noun; 3. for being + the + superlative adjective + noun. For example, “The company earned a reputation for being the best publishing company in the area.”

1.In just a few years, the company earned its reputation as a high-quality manufacturer.

2.Jane Eyre helped Charlotte earn a reputation as a feminist writer.

3.Her astute ability to analyze texts has earned her a reputation for being one of the foremost critics of her time.



Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.How would you describe Jane Eyre?
2.What is your favorite classic story? What was it all about?