Essay on Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte in Leeds Point

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In Stephen Dunn’s 2003 poem, “Charlotte Bronte in Leeds Point”, the famous author of Jane Eyre is placed into a modern setting of New Jersey. Although Charlotte Bronte lived in the early middle 1800’s, we find her alive and well in the present day in this poem. The poem connects itself to Bronte’s most popular novel, Jane Eyre in characters analysis and setting while speaking of common themes in the novel. Dunn also uses his poem to give Bronte’s writing purpose in modern day.
The beginning of the novel starts out with a picture of a peaceful home that is very similar to the Moor House Jane lives in while visiting her cousins. It even states in line 2 that Bronte feels like the place is familiar. There is “marshland stretched for miles” (
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Bronte is given thoughts that are also similar to Jane’s. When Dunn has Bronte say that “everything is too easy now” (ln 8) and that “nothing resisted, nothing gained” (ln 9). Not only is he connecting Bronte to her own novel, but making a point about how Bronte would feel about modern day life. He believes that Bronte would be unpleasantly surprised about the lack of effort given in modern society for causes and for life in general.
Several themes from Jane Eyre are addressed briefly in Dunn’s poem. He gives input from critic on the most significant theme that Charlotte Bronte imbeds into her writing. The “offended critic” (ln 15) writes that Bronte writes of “the dangerous picture/of a natural heart” (ln 14/15). Jane herself was not a dangerous person, but Bronte gives her courage and a bravery rarely seen in her times. Bronte does not cloud Jane’s personality with the prejudice of women of the time, but lets the true heart of an independent woman shine through in her words and actions. Another theme addressed was the theme of finding a home. The city where Bronte is living in the poem has a view of the “Atlantic City,/where all compulsions had a home” (ln 6/7). In line 4, the word “compulsion” is used to describe something that the “age is not ready to see” (ln 5). Bronte has Jane searching for a home throughout the novel and Dunn hints at something unwanted, like Jane was, searching for a home.
The phrase in line 5 that states that there was “some

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