Jane Eyre, it is only fitting that the title bears her name and her name alone. Jane Eyre, as a child this title captures her central struggle, ostracized by the Reeds and loathed by Mr. Brocklehurst, she yearns to be loved, even if it means sacrificing the parts of herself she holds dearest. But as an adult the title of the this novel captures a different sense of independence, not one of loathsome segregation but of choice isolation, a realization that happiness is not rooted completely in love nor seeded completely in sovereignty but manifested as a combination of both. There is no love for Jane in the Reed house. Divided by class, Jane finds herself at odds with her fellow inhabitants, specifically John Reed. John consistently abuses Jane both verbally and physically, in one instance hurling a book at Jane, his rationale being that Jane has “no money” and has “no business to take” their books. Jane does not take so kindly to these words and reproaches, “…You are like Roman Emperors!” There can be no love for Jane in the Reed House because she is not of the same class. It is a sad reality; one Charlotte Bronte remains all the more critical of. For John is a symbol of the tyranny that classism imparts, his gluttony at the table a representation of the greed and his hurling of the book a representation of their oppressive power. He does not allow Jane to read for he fears what reading does, allowing her to see that women can be intellectuals, that women are not what male patriarchy would have them believe and that if class had not existed maybe Jane would be loved and perceived as their equal. Jane speaks out against the system and for it she is imprisoned in The Red-Room. The former quarters of the now deceased Mr. Reed. Caged, Jane keenly observes the lavish decorations covered in a “quiet dust” and the “chill” of the room from a lack of “fire”, it was lifeless, without love, without emotion, “solemn”, and though Jane is eventually freed from The Red Room, she never leaves it in spirit, always tormented by a lack of love. This lack of love is carried with her even to Lowood and though she is able to capture moments of happiness, they are just that, moments, fleeting with the wind of misfortune. Helen Burns dies and Miss Temple leaves, but Jane still holds on to this misguided sense of childlike optimism, that there’s more to be had in this world, that she too can experience that same sense of adventure experienced by Gulliver. She sets out to Thornfield Hall. It is at Thornfield Hall that Jane is to teach Adele, a young lady who shares similar circumstance with Jane. Though not scorned to the severity of her governess, Jane fears that Adele is in danger of fulfilling the same malicious cycle she had previously experienced. Mr. Rochester’s indifference towards her, Lady Ingram’s irritation with her, and her eventual enrollment in a boarding school similar to Lowood Institute all inform this. Although Jane plays her own role in perpetuating this cycle by teaching Adele the skills necessary to be ladylike and entertain, she harbors a genuine compassion towards Adele because she fears that she is a victim to the same circumstance that she fell victim to. Jane grows close to Adele, and Mrs. Fairfax too for that matter, creating a family of sorts to get her through the trials and tribulations at Thornfield Hall, a feeling of belonging that she had not previously known. As Heidi Kelcher writes “Belonging to a family is a major theme in Jane Eyre.” She goes on to write ”The novel’s structure buttresses the theme of Jane’s search for a family. Beginning with the false, hurtful family of Mrs. Reed and her spoiled children, Jane encounters increasingly more rewarding versions of family coinciding with her personal maturation”, ultimately culminating in the creation of her own family with Rochester. Thornfield Hall also introduces the first love interest of Jane Eyre, and though Jane comes to truly love Rochester, she is at…
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, there are multiple conflicts that occur in the novel, but one that seems to stand out the most. The conflict of love and emotion between Jane and Mr. Rochester seems to be one of the most prominent struggles within the novel.
This conflict seems to start when Blanche Ingram begins her relationship with Mr. Rochester, and even though Jane is in love with him, she feels inferior to her because of her rank in social class. During the beginning, Jane seems to let things…
The Importance of Jane’s Education
The classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte tells the story of a young woman maturing into a gracious, intelligent woman with the help of friends, but most importantly education. To escape from her cruel aunt, Jane went to a charity school for girls named Lowood. She exceled in all her classes, leading her to believe that she would be teaching as her occupation. Soon it all changes when she becomes governess of an unusual yet charming man’s ward in a wealthy…
novel Jane Eyre using many characters as symbols. In Jane Eyre, Bronte supports the theme that routine actions are not always moral through the conventional personalities of Mrs. Reed, Mr. Brocklehurst, and St. John Rivers.
The novel begins in Gateshead where Jane must avoid her aunt and cousins because she does not know how to speak politely to them and please them. Mrs. Reed possesses a higher standing in society and due to Jane's lower class standing, Mrs. Reed treats Jane as an outcast…
Minor Character Essay Rewrite
In our society, people are always being told how they should act, what they should wear, who they should be etc. As a result, it has become extremely difficult for people to understand themselves and their desires. In the book Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, the story follows the journey of a young, orphan girl named Jane Eyre into adulthood and self-discovery during the Victorian era, an era which encapsulates conformity. Jane faces several trials and tribulations…
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Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is often criticized for being moved along to often by the supernatural or coincidence. It is to coincidental to be believed, and ends to happily in the Victorian Sense, as Jane ends up married to the man she loves. It is both a coming of age and a romance story.
All of the Bronte sisters were writers. Anne Bronte is not as well known as she wrote shorter books like, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Emily Bronte wrote only one book, but it may be the best, Wuthering…
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Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (9780393975420)
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Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Jane Eyre, small in body, big in soul
Jane Eyre is a realistic novel with a strong romantic color, which wrote by a famous British woman novelist Charlotte Bronte, and is generally believed as an autographical portrayal of her poetic life. Charlotte Bronte was born in a poor priest family, her mother died when she was young, and then she was sent to a girls’ boarding school at the age of eight. Charlotte has two young sisters, that is, Anne Bronte and Emily Bronte…
How and why are selected canonical texts re-written by female authors? Answer with close reference to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea.
The Sargasso Sea is a relatively still sea, lying within the south-west zone of the North Atlantic Ocean, at the centre of a swirl of warm ocean currents. Metaphorically, for Jean Rhys, it represented
an area of calm, within the wide division between England and the West Indies. Within such an area, a sense of stability…
Feminism in Jane Eyre
After reading Jane Eyre, I think Jane Eyre is a great woman. Jane is disadvantaged in many ways as she has no wealth, family, social position or beauty. Jane does have intelligence though, and her disposition is such to make Rochester fall in love with her. Through a serious of troublesome situations between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, the author set up a great female image before us: insisting on maintaining an independent personality, pursuing individual freedom, advocating…