Jane Eyre is a character that has lots of obstacles and lessons to overcome and learn. She has to learn how to forgive, trust herself, and find her place in society. In the book, we follow Jane throughout her life from adolescence to womanhood. From the beginning to the end of this book, we have met two completely different people.
"'The marriage can not go on: I declare the existence of an impediment'" (306). Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is the story of an orphaned girl who is sent to live at Gateshead Hall with Mrs. Reed and her three cousins, whom Jane doesn't get along with. At the age of ten, Mrs. Reed sends Jane away to Lowood Institution, an all girls' school, where she spends the next eight years of her life. At the age of eighteen, Jane leaves Lowood and accepts the position as governess at Thornfield Hall. Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall, and Jane fall madly in love and plan to get married, but little does Jane know, Mr. Rochester has a terrible secret that could ruin Jane's life.
After receiving little to no love while living at Gateshead, Jane is able to find temporary maternal figures in Bessie, Miss Temple, and Mrs.Fairfax. As a result Jane will do anything possible to keep this love longterm. This is shown when Jane speaks to Helen Burns “Look here; to gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest”(70). This displays just how deep the war of love versus of autonomy is in Jane’s heart. These women help her navigate through life with their guidance. Although their assistance is commendable, Jane does not appear to feel truly loved until feeling in love with Mr.Rochester. However, after the marriage is unexpectedly interrupted Jane leaves Thornfield with the unfilled hope for true love. On her fortuitous journey, Jane encounters a man who is willing to rescue her named St. John Rivers. Unknowing that this man is her relative, Jane creates the alias Jane Elliot. Unintentionally, St. John Rivers discovers Jane’s true identity thus causing him to reveal that she is his cousin. Upon this divulge Jane is informed that she is to inherit twenty thousand pounds from her uncle John Eyre. After splitting her inheritance with cousins St.John, Mary,
The novel Jane Eyre is predominantly a bildungsroman, Jane’s development throughout the novel is one of the most important aspects of the narrative. During Jane’s time at Thornfield she makes huge emotional progress through her relationship with Rochester and the discovery of Bertha Mason, eventually resulting in her departure from Thornfield.
Written by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre tells the story of its title character as she matures and experiences all that life has to offer in 19th century England. Jane Eyre grows up as an orphan and seeks work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets and falls in love with Mr. Edward Rochester. After discovering that he is already married, she is introduced to St. John Rivers; he asks her to marry him for the sole purpose of being a missionary’s wife and she instead returns to Mr. Rochester, who she truly loves, and marries him. Throughout her journey, she learns many thing about Mr. Edward Rochester and St. John Rivers. Both men display similar characteristics, but as foils they exhibit many different characteristics as well. Both
At first glance Jane Eyre may seem to be a young woman with semi-bad taste in men, but she is actually much more complex a character than that. Jane is driven by her craving for freedom, her desire to be useful, and her yearning to fit in somewhere. She is rich in character with a stubborn, strong willed, and passionate personality. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, whether it is a family she wants to have, or a marriage that is unfair and without balance. As an adult, Jane is a level headed young woman, but as a child she let her passions get the best of her. She tones down this passion quite a bit as she grows older and gains more experience, and channels it into other areas of her life.
In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel Jane Eyre, the main character Jane not only struggles with the aspects of social class deviations but also her journey to find her own faith in God and religion. On her journey she encounters three greatly different variations on Christian faith, all of which, though she ultimately rejects, help her come to her own conclusions of her own faith and spirituality. Her first true questioning of religion is with her friend and Lowood school Helen Burns. Jane finds Helen to be serenely devout in her faith in God, and Jane admires her for it. However, Jane struggles to accept Helen’s passive view, as it lacks the understanding that Jane seeks. Also, at Lowood Jane encounters the owner of the school Mr. Brocklehurst, who acts as a dictator over the girls and teachers at Lowood. His religious ideals are those of sacrifice but it is apparent that Mr. Brocklehurst takes no consideration of these ideals in his own life style. Jane immediately rejects Mr. Brocklehurst’s point of view as it is so obviously hypocritical. Finally Jane meets her cousin St. John, a minister. Upon observing him and observing one of his sermons she realizes that though he is driven and passionate his views focus on “disquieting aspirations” as oppose to the uplifting of spirituality. She realizes that St. John lacks a true understanding of what faith and spirituality really mean. In Jane’s search for spirituality her journey leads her to find her own faith through the
In the novel, Jane grows, learns, and, eventually, falls in love with a Mr. Edward Rochester. Eventually, the couple marries; however, it most definitely wouldn’t have been possible if Jane had not returned to him. She is able to do this by gaining a gift from her relative. The most pivotal moment in Jane Eyre’s life is when she receives a large inheritance from her uncle, John Rivers. From this moment on, her social
When a tadpole hatches from their mother’s egg, it enters this world as an innocent, pure creature. As time pursues, the tadpole gains its legs and continues through metamorphosis. Once the tadpole grows into a fully developed frog, it loses its innocence and purity to the world. Jane Eyre was once a tiny tadpole, but her stays at Lowood and her challenging time at Thornfield with Mr. Rochester have changed her into a fully developed, mature, and independent frog. Jane gains more and more maturity from place to place in the novel.
The author introduces many characters who suffer significant changes throughout the novel, but the one who changed the most of them all is the main character herself: Jane Eyre. At the beginning of the novel Jane is a lively little girl, who has been misjudged and mistreated. Jane’s parents died when she was baby and she was left to the care of her uncle who later passed away and charged his wife with the care of the little girl. While her cousins are given everything they need by their mother Ms. Reed, Jane is treated by them as an unwanted annoyance. At these point she is ten years old. She wishes to please her aunt more than anything. Little Jane Eyre wants to fit in with
Jane Eyre begins with Mrs. Reed, a wealthy and punishing aunt, who is raising the title character Jane Eyre. Jane receives little to no kindness in the house of her deceased uncle and is in fact cruelly abused; one such incident of abuse leads her to hallucinate her uncle’s ghost while locked in a room. This leads her aunt to take the suggestion of the doctor and send her away to the Lowood School. Another abusive man who let the students live in horrifying condition runs the Lowood School. Eventually due to a Typhus epidemic, leading to the death of one of Jane’s friends, the corruption at the school is discovered and Jane lives in much happier
These attitudes she feels her family has towards her she then musters into her feelings toward John Reed as she refers to all his “violent tyrannies”. My feelings toward Jane are something between sympathy and adornment. She, as mentioned in the lecture, has a story similar to the ever so popular Cinderella. With that being said I am led to believe she has to have a happy ending. I am also led to believe that her character cannot be anything has her family claims. Throughout time women who are strong, smart, and independent are given a reputation of rebellion and wickedness. Independent and strong women have a tendancy of being feared. Jane Eyre is just a child whose character has become independent and strong because of the lack of love she is receiving from her “housing” arrangements (I will not call them family, as they have not acted as so). I am excited to see what happens as the novel continues and how outsiders continue to view Jane. I am also excited to see if Jane changes as the novel develops (though I really hope she does
Jane Eyre (1847) is about a young woman named Jane Eyre who is hired as a governess at Mr. Rochester’s estate, Thornfield, to take care of Adele, a young girl he adopted. When Jane arrives at Thornfield and begins
In Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, the title character goes through many changes of environment in her life, and she changes along with them. She is raised in the abusive house of her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and is later sent to boarding school for the remainder of her childhood. After her time at school as both a pupil and a teacher, Jane takes a job as a governess at the mysterious Thornfield. Many shaping events happen here and after a shocking heartbreak and betrayal, she leaves to find her own way in the world. She eventually is led back to Thornfield to be with her beloved. Jane is placed into many different situations, but the changes she experiences in herself are not purely circumstantial, rather they are true changes triggered by the