Jane Eyre

  • Terry Eagleton


Helen Burns, the saintly schoolgirl of Jane Eyre, has an interestingly ambivalent attitude to the execution of Charles I. Discussing the matter with Jane, she thinks 'what a pity it was that, with his integrity and conscientiousness, he could see no farther than the prerogative of the crown. If he had but been able to look to a distance, and see to what they call the spirit of the age was tending! Still, I like Charles-I respect him-I pity him, poor murdered king! Yes, his enemies were the worst: they shed blood they had no right to shed. How dared they kill him!


Private Tutor Ambivalent Attitude Social Distinction Moral Absolutism Righteous Anger 
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© Terry Eagleton 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Eagleton
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  1. 1.Manchester UniversityUK

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