Jane Eyre’s Rooks and Crows

Francis O’Gorman*

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This short paper looks again at an intriguing pattern in Charlotte Brontë’s imagining of corvids in Jane Eyre (1847), suggesting that these creatures are indications of a particular, and very probably unconscious, imaginative habit in the novel. The birds appear in the text at crucial moments as if they are closely associated in Charlotte’s mind with important turns in the plot. The end of the paper considers the subtle implications of these creatures of the air for the novel’s wider interest in the air itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages7
JournalBrontë Studies: The Journal of the Brontë Society
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • birds
  • Charlotte Brontë’s imagination
  • Jane Eyre


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