Author Archives: Dr. Jessica Matthews

Discussion Questions Jane Eyre CHs 33 – 38

1. “One does not jump, and spring and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune; one begins to consider responsibilities and ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions Jane Eyre CHs 26 – 32

1. “In the deep shade, at the further end of the room, a figure ran backwards and forwards. What it was, whether beast or human being, one could not, at first sight, tell: it groveled, seemingly on all fours; it snatched … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Jane Eyre CHs 21-25

1. Jane was extremely happy that Rochester proposed to her, and yet she still felt uneasy about her upcoming marriage. Jane becomes discomforted when Rochester begins to spoil her with glorious things: “The more he bought me, the more my cheek … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Jane Eyre CHs 16 – 20

1. In chapter 15, Mr. Rochester tells Jane the story of his dramatic past, and that he has a “wish to be a better man” (171). How does this story compare to Jane’s upbringing? How do these similarities reinforce the overarching … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Jane Eyre CHs 11-15

1. Does Jane enjoy being a governess? Or did she use the occupation as a means to gain more freedom? Is there another reason she likes teaching? Is she willing to stay now that she knows Mrs. Fairfax is “a placid-tempered, … Continue reading

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Romance Novels: Fantasy versus Reality

One of the major themes that emerges from Reader, I Married Him: Happily Ever After documentary is the jarring contradiction between fantasy and reality. The documentary goes back and forth between what a romance novel provides (fantasy and escapism for … Continue reading

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Welcome to ENGH 202 Why Women Read Romance Spring 2013

Welcome to ENGH 202, Why Women Read Romance! If you are reading this post, you have found our course website. Please look over the site to get a sense of the course, the novels we will be reading, and the … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Dark Lover CHs 21-30

Discussion Questions for Group 12: LB, JV, LW 1. “There were pictures of her everywhere. Black-and-whites, close-ups, colored ones. She was all ages, from infancy through childhood and into her teens. In college. One was very recent, having been taken … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Dark Lover CHs 11-20

Discussion Questions for Group 11: JC, KH, KM, and KP 1.  “She suddenly needed some space, and Wrath let her go as they walked into a lemon-colored room.  Her feet slowed. The place looked like a museum or something she’d expect … Continue reading

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Discussion Questions for Dark Lover CHs 1-10

1. Most people know that vampires don’t exist. The interest in vampire literature, therefore, derives not from the study of any physical reality but from the metaphorical sense of what vampires represent. The leading scholars of this genre agree that vampire … Continue reading

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