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Mötet med det okända: En jämförande och symboltolkande studie av kvinnlig och manlig problematik under 1800-talets mitt såsom den är gestaltad i Charlotte Brontës Jane Eyre och Fjodor Dostojevskijs Brott och straff
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate how the female author, Charlotte Brontë, describes the development of her female protagonist in Jane Eyre and to compare this to how the male author, Fyodor Dostoevsky, describes the development of his male protagonist in Crime and Punishment, inside the patriarchal 19th century.

My basic idea is that both characters in these two books have to reach their own unknown to find satisfaction and a new existence, and I want to investigate what the characters have to go through to find that existence. To help me in my exploration of Jane Eyre I make use of Gilbert and Gubars’ book The Madwoman in the Attic and in the case of Crime and Punishment, I make use of Pelikan Straus’ article ”“Why did I say ’Women!’?” Raskolnikov Reimagined”. Both authors discuss literature from a gender perspective, but without comparing female and male characters or authors with each other, which I believe is important for a more holistic understanding of gender issue.

The conclusion of this essay is that these books are describing the main characters’ evolution towards their personal unknown with the same tools, a double self, an important symbol, and in the end a love partner that embodies that unknown. Furthermore, I conclude that this development moves in opposing directions, whereby the female character gets in touch with a more traditional male disposition and the male character gets in touch with a more traditional female disposition. This mirrors the different position men and women are assigned in the patriarchal society. In conclusion, I suggest that all social roles are ultimately confining (irrespective of sex), and are attracted to the opposite pole, in order to discover what the individual does not have access to in the social sphere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Institutionen för genus, kultur och historia , 2007. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Jane Eyre, Crime and punishment (Brott och straff), gender, patriarchy, bird symbols
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-1129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-1129DiVA: diva2:15183
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2007-04-16 Created: 2007-04-16

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