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Jane Eyre

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Jane Eyre and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"Sonnet 141" by William Shakespeare
Summary: Shakespeare writes about a romantic attraction in this sonnet.

"Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self" by Alice Walker
(from In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose, © 1983)
Summary: In this memoir, Alice Walker reflects on her own physical appearance, and how she came to terms with it.

"The Governess" by Daniel Pool
(from What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Saw, © 1993)
Summary: This chapter from a book about daily life in nineteenth century England shows what Jane had in common with thousands of other young women who found themselves in the role of governess.

"I see, I see the crescent moon" by Anna Akhmatova
(from Selected Poems, © 1969)
Summary: Sometimes images from the natural world suggest the psychic bond that can exist between individuals, even when they are separated.

"Signs and Symbols" by Vladimir Nabokov
(from The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, © 1995)
Summary: This short story asks the question: Is it possible to understand the difficulty and pain of caring for a close family member who is mentally ill?

"A Home for Hope" by Ron Arias
(from People Weekly, © 1995)
Summary: In this article, Kevin, a child with parents, spends much of his time in orphanages.

"Seventh House" by R.K.Narayan
(from Grandmother's Tale and Other Stories, © 1970)
Summary: Can love survive even when everyone insists it cannot and that it was never meant to be in the first place?

"In the Evening" by Anna Akhmatova
(from 20th Century Russian Poetry, © 1993)
Summary: What feelings are essential for an ideal love and marriage?