Jane Eyre Character Analysis

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Emma Cardenas Webb AP Literature and Composition 26 October 2017 Nobel Notebook: Jane Eyre Characters (Revised) Observations Implications Jane Eyre: narrator; protagonist; relatable; lower in social class; looked down upon; follows story of her attempts at trying to find her place in the world; rebellious; eye for an eye disposition; strives for equality/justice; independent; searches for a set of morals/religion that she can follow; believes deeply in love and connecting with other people yet is strikingly independent - resists “love” (marriage) until she is confident in her own independence; she is constantly searching for a way to fit in and be loved Mrs. Reed: Jane’s aunt; cold-hearted; shapes Jane’s disposition as a young child; despises Jane (b/c Mr. Reed loved Jane more than any of his biological children) Edward Rochester: Jane’s eventual husband; scarcely appears at Thornfield at first; is very passionate; forceful; like family to Jane; sympathetic; loses sight for a while - has to depend on Jane (this is the opposite of typical marriage relationships in this time period) Jane and Rochester are on completely different levels as far as money is concerned and jane can’t allow herself to depend solely on him - it is not in her character. St. John Rivers: Jane’s cousin; committed to his religion/God; asks Jane to marry him but doesn’t fully accept love (he is too committed to his religion) The author introduces complex characters with conflicting

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