A practical approach to Charlotte Bronte's best-known novels, which shows how coherent criticism can be evolved from close reading. The intention is to help students develop skills in practical criticism and encourage them to follow through their ideas. The major part of the book contains worked examples, with detailed guidance and suggestions for further work which will be useful for both teachers and students. There is additional material on Bronte's background, and on critical views of her work. The novels covered are "Jane Eyre", "Shirley" and "Vilette".