Echoes of Aristotle: Rochester's Rhetorical Ploys in Jane Eyre
Author: Scaff, Susan V.
Source: Bronte Studies, Volume 27, Number 2, July 2002 , pp. 113-120(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The text of Jane Eyre has two substantial passages in which Charlotte Brontë shows familiarity with classical rhetoric. Rochester's failure to persuade Jane to be his mistress after the abortive wedding ceremony, and St John River's failure to persuade Jane to Join him in his missionary work as his wife, are both couched in terms of Aristotleian rhetoric. The ultimate failure of both attempts can also be explained by the failure of both protagonists to adhere to Aristotle's system.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-07-01
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