In The Cider House Rules, Jane Eyre and several works by Charles Dickens (such as David Copperfield and The Great Expectations) are repeatedly mentioned and cited.

One of the roles of David Copperfield is the citation “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”, which applies to Homer.

What is the role of Jane Eyre? I only see that they are both about orphans, but I think there should be another connection that explains why Jane Eyre is used in The Cider House Rules.

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