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Jane Eyre – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis


What up, B? This week on Thug Notes, we flyin solo with “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. As a kid, Jane Eyre livin with her twisted aunt, Mrs. Reed, and her punk-ass cousins, who ain’t showin no love for my girl Jane. After dealin with these haters for years, some righteous doc named Lloyd hooks Jane up and convinces Mrs. Reed to send Jane away to get schooled. But Jane ain’t bout to bounce before givin Mrs. Reed a big ol’ “f**k you.” So Jane arrives at Lowood school, where some b*tch-ass clergyman named Brocklehurst starts hatin on my girl, sayin she ain’t nothing but a lyin trick. But Jane’s homie Helen and a righteous teacher named Miss Temple tell Jane they got her back. When Jane’s sista, Helen, dies from consumption and Miss Temple chunks deuces outta Lowood, Jane bails and starts hustlin as a governess up in Thornfield Hall, where some uptown gangsta named Edward Rochester be livin. Once Jane meets Eddie, they start chillin on the reg. But meanwhile, some mysterious sh*t starts going down at Thornfield: crazy laughin, somebody startin a fire in Eddie’s room, and one of the house guests gettin shanked. Later, crusty Aunt Reed sends the word that she bout to kick the bucket. Now, Jane’s forgiveness don’t quit — so she goes back home and nurses this ho. When Jane rolls back to Thornfield, Edward proposes, and they plan on shackin up together. Sh*t gets ridiculous durin the ceremony, when some playa-hater named Mason say that Edward is already married. Seems Edward’s wife, Bertha, went wack in the head, and she the one who been wreckin sh*t in Eddie’s crib. Jane be straight trippin about Edward actin like a pimp, and so she peaces out of Thornfield. Now Jane be all cashed out, askin for help, til some playas named Rivers take her in — turns out they be her cousins! And when Jane’s Uncle John dies, he leaves her some mad cash! Now, Jane got C-notes by da stack, homie. Then, Jane starts jonesing for her boy Edward, so she drops in on Thornfield and sees that the whole place has been burnt down! Turns out, Bertha’s twisted ass dun blazed the whole place, then killed herself. Damn! Not only that, but Eddie dun lost his sight and his hand during the scuffle. But Jane keeps it real and says, “Hey, blood, I don’t care if you ugly as sh*t. I love you anyway.” Then, they get married and have a little G of they own. Aight son, if you a hustla, you know that the cribs where Jane been stayin at symbolize all the bullsh*t women had to deal with in Victorian patriarchal society: oppression wit Auntie Reed, starvation at Lowood, madness at Thornfield, and indifference when kickin it wit da Rivers. But it ain’t til we hear bout Eddie’s crazy biddy, Bertha, that Brontë starts doin it big. So, if you forever thuggin, you gotta check out how Brontë makin Bertha Jane’s shadow double, playboy. All the slangin and bangin that this hoochie be doin up in Eddie’s turf representin all that rage Jane been keepin inside since her days with Auntie Reed. In fact, it don’t get no realer than Bertha, since she the only one who fightin the power that dun f**ked her over. Cuz on the real, who wouldn’t wanna start tearin sh*t up if you got sold to some stranger for a bit o’ cash? So, what my girl Charlotte tryna say bout traditional society is: why can’t women express they desires without bein called crazy? Yo, you best get in da zone and listen to this here motif, blood. Brontë be stackin images of nature to show how Jane’s amped-up emotions go way beyond what’s acceptable for women to be feeling. For example, when Rochester proposes to Jane, it starts stormin all up in there for two straight hours. It’s like she been keepin her feelings in for so long, sh*t goes wild when she’s finally able to let it out. You can check how Brontë extends this nature motif to my boy, Eddie, too. After he proposes to Jane, lightin strikes a big-ass tree, splittin it in half. The two halves of the tree representin Eddie’s divided loyalties — one to his passion for Jane, and the other to the law and the church, who ain’t got no love for they union. Brontë also spittin truth about the state of the Victorian woman through the red room Jane gets locked up in. Now, this room full of secret compartments and bloody images, which be associated wit dat oohie! So, dat red room really be all the isolation and hatin dat women gotta deal wit during their development into adulthood. Ya heard? Yo, thanks for chillin wit yo boy,
Sparky. Hit subscribe, and I’ll see yo ass next week!

100 thoughts on “Jane Eyre – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

  1. Eight months after I finished this book, I have finally started seeing her as a strong, independent female character. Well, I knew she was independent, but I didn't consider how much harder it must have been to be and think like that in the Victorian age.

  2. This is so cool! I've already heard many interpretations of Jane Eyre and motives in it (in addition to my own thoughts) and he brought up some real good new things. Love it!

  3. Jane Eyre is my favorite novel and I really enjoyed his analysis. He pointed out some themes and symbolisms that I never noticed before.

  4. Wow, thank you for that, Sparky! You were more helpful than my tutor and classes at the uni. The video is short but clarifies a great deal! And it's fun to watch. I'd never thought that summary of a classic literature in a thug language would be so great! 😀

  5. Normally I just watch these to get info I already know presented in a different way (and for the lols of course), but this one gave me some insight that I'd never thought of or heard of before with that analysis. Thanks. 😀

  6. You guys should also do Wide Sargasso Sea. It's the "prequel" to Jane Eyre and about who Bertha was before she went insane in the membrane. It was written to show the shit Creole's had to go through in Jamaica and is a pretty great read.
    Plus it'll help me out in class.

  7. This is the best explanation of Jane Eyre I have ever come across–better than all of the academic papers I had to read along with the book when I was in AP Lit.

    Thank you so much.

  8. my bro always ranges from trying way too hard to being dead on funny. but that damn always be on point lmfao

  9. I have just finish reading this novel, and it has profoundly moved me. The story, the writing, and the passion that perspires through the pages is incomparable. Being a teenager, I have read few classic novels, but Wuthering Heights is up next for me. To those who have to read this book for AP English Lit and prefer to watch brief analyses or only watch the movies (albeit great) are terribly missing out. Give this book a chance, and it will entrap you. Highly recommended!

  10. I have to read it for my ap class, but I don't have time to. so, i know it takes about 8 hours to read it….I can do it!!!

  11. Jane Eyre is one of my most favorite books and it is so special to me. This was such an entertaining video and I love how Bertha's eyes are going in different directions.

  12. I am looking forward to see the reading of "Wide Sargosso Sea" by Jean Rhy, witch is a respond to "Jane Eyre" but written out of Bertha Masons view. Your analysis is good but you leave the whole story of Bertha Mason out in your analysis and what a big importance the relation with the colonies in the west have for the plot of "Jane Eyre."  Which make your analysis reach only "half-way." With all respect I want to encourage you to read further postcolonial readings of "Jane Eyre"< cus it's so much more to it!

    Here is one example: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/j/jane-eyre/critical-essays/a-postcolonial-approach-to-the-novel

  13. OMG I've read this book so many times and I never connected Bertha with Jane's inner demons. Thug notes is legit education.

  14. Has anyone noted that this Bertha Mason is from the carribean and might be a woman of colour or mixed race? Years ago I read an essay by a feminist scholar exploring this aspect of the story.

  15. Besides Jane's attitude nature imagery can also be interpreted as a metaphor or simile to foreshadow certain events throughout the novel. The lightning at Rochester's proposal can be seen as a warning sign from heaven to not do it, the split tree, something is keeping them apart .

    The Red room can also be associated with Death (since this is were her uncle died, where Jane has a nightmare, and her Aunt dies)

    Gothic imagery is also an aspect of the novel, this can be put into Bertha as well. And as far as I'm concerned Rochester is not really bothered by religion at all, hence the reason why he tried to commit bigotry by marrying Jane, since Jane was brought up in a religious school you can also link this up as to why these images of nature separating them keep popping up

  16. so is he just gonna skip the part where she turns down ANOTHER guy before she goes back to Mr. Rochester????

  17. Love that you open the video on my all time favorite book with one of my nicknames: "What's up B?"

    Also, please keep making these videos, they're great!

  18. One of my favorite books. I think Adele, Jane, and Bertha all mirror each other, in different stages of life. Jane was able to correct past wrongs done to her through Adele, like getting her in a better boarding school in the end.

  19. Here's one in a stuck-up English accent so you can compare how annoying it is without this guy. Only advantage is that no one watches the British one so it can be plagiarised to your hearts content. https://youtu.be/O-Gdp_PubBw

  20. I’m an undergrad literature student so I probably more ashamed of using these videos then I actually am 😂😂 one of my lecture always says though that it doesn’t matter how you find a “way into” the novel as long as you do some valid research after 😂

  21. I've learned more in 4:36 min than those 10 to 20 boring lecture in my college… well I didnt event attended my classes so I don't know how many lectures it took.😂

  22. It is interesting the fact that female writers prior to the Victorian era could publish in their female names and sell$$$$$$ like Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley(Frankenstein fame) . But by time fat ass Queen Victoria comes around no way . the Bronte sissas had to use male pen names . And Shelley's mom's book "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" be banned for 75 years . So see progress ain't always a straight line, it go up and down .

  23. I haven't read this book and I never shall. Thug Notes is the most I can take of this tedious cack. It don't get more realer than that.

  24. Hey Gurl. We’re a small channel that cares about your education too!! If you have a minute and you’re on YouTube “working,” check out our rad academic-scholarly-book-trailer-things!! 😀 We JUST posted one on Jane Eyre and are always looking for suggestions of what to do next. https://youtu.be/HM8jvwaAJ9s

  25. OMG, where was Thug Notes when I suffering through those boring Literature/Humanities classes at CalState UniHayward?

  26. It's interesting that Jane can only be with Rochester after he is maimed and half-blinded…maybe she knows he won't be locking her up in the attic in her nightgown any time soon.

  27. Helen did not die from consumption, she died from a Typhus outbreak at the school. Also, Bertha was never “sold” and this still would be incorrect in the marriage sense because neither she nor her parents gained money, Rochester did.

  28. Funny and nice and quite unconditional analysis of the novel called Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 🙂

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