Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Rhonda Brock-Servais, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Craig Challender, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Esther Godfrey, Ph.D.


This thesis analyzes Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre through the lens of fairy tale stories, investigating the parts of Jane’s story that seem to parallel stories such as “Bluebeard” and “Cinderella”. It argues for a revisionist view of fairy tales as created by Bronte and discusses how the usage of fairy tale elements helps to further the plot and sociocultural messages of Jane Eyre.



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