Thus, this scene may be read both as feminist and as anti-feminist, a denial of the female body and self, in exchange for a disembodied, spiritual self. Meanwhile, he traveled around Europe for ten years trying to forget Bertha and keeping various mistresses. Acting as a surrogate mother for Jane, she is particularly kind after Jane's experience in the red-room and even treats her to a tart on her favorite plate. Rochester as governess for his ward. He is very interested in figuring out how Jane is herself, comparing her to an or and admiring her unusual strength and stubbornness. John's advances seems to spur her return to Rochester, her one chance for spiritual passion.
Though this novel took place during that era, Edward is to Jane, her intellectual equal, and later on in the novel is shown to be her inferior in morality. Robert Leaven The coachman at Gateshead and Bessie's husband. Bertha expresses the feelings that Jane must keep in check. Jane speaks these words to Rochester during the engagement scene, and it is just one of many passages readers cite as an example of Jane's feminist mentality. Rochester, and the concept of the Madwoman in the Attic--each of these aspects of the novel relate directly to understandings of the Gothic tradition.
Jane Eyre The orphaned protagonist of the story. He immediately breaks off relations with her. Jane marries Rochester after he has been blinded and crippled by a fire caused by Bertha and after she has reached her autonomy at Moor House. Rochester falls off his horse and maintaining his loyal companionship after Mr. Jane never manifests this fear or anger, but Bertha does.
He admires Jane's work ethic and asks her to marry him, learn , and go with him to India on a long-term missionary trip. Reed for mistreating her when she was a child, goes back to take care of her dying aunt. I resolved, in the depth of my heart, that I would be most moderate … I told her all the story of my sad childhood. Rochester because he is already married. There is some discrepancy, though, between how Rochester regards himself and what Jane thinks of him—and she lets him know. Like her sister, she serves as a model for Jane of an independent woman who is also able to maintain close relationships with others and a sense of meaning in her life. Miss Miller One of the teachers at Lowood.
Time and again in Bronte's novel, Rochester describes Jane in almost supernatural terms: sprite, elf, witch. It is a promise that Mrs. Reed that she would treat Jane as her own, Mrs. Bertha Antoinetta Mason is Mr. Diana Rivers Jane's cousin and the sister of St. Rochester, in an attempt to save her, was blinded. Celine Varens - Celine Varens is a French opera dancer with whom Rochester once had an affair.
September 2013 Jane Eyre has been described by historian as evocative of a cultural and geographic milieu of the North Midlands of England that in the mid-17th century had produced the , a religious sect. Helen's impressive intellectual attainments inspire Jane to work hard at school. Fairfax is extremely welcoming to Jane upon her arrival to Thornfield and serves as another surrogate mother for Jane in the novel. Suffering from hereditary insanity that had been kept secret from Mr. With Bertha out of the picture and Jane at the same social status as Rochester, they marry and have a son and happy life together.
Both have reached points in their life where all their actions are driven by unrefined emotions. By disguising himself, Rochester hoped to eliminate the class and gender distinctions between him and Jane. I looked at the blank wall: it seemed a sky thick with ascending stars,—every one lit me to a purpose or delight. He had not imagined that a woman would dare to speak so to a man. Jane, however, refuses to ignore her aunt's hypocrisy any further; she exposes Mrs. The 5th of November is known as Guy Fawkes Day.
Rochester discovers her true feelings when he overhears a conversation between her and one of her other lovers. Rochester gained the family wealth with it all intact. Though she dies early on in Jane's time at Lowood, Helen is perhaps the fourth-most important character in the novel for her symbolic value. Rochester searched for her everywhere, and, when he couldn't find her, sent everyone else away from the house and shut himself up alone. As the guard for the third-story prison, Grace's fondness for gin and occasional alcohol-induced naps allow Bertha to escape and wreak havoc in the house, including setting fire to Mr. She is still wary of religion, and much of the novel is about her search for what it truly means to be a good Christian.
The next morning before the guests find out what happened, Rochester sneaks Mason out of the house. Eliza Reed Jane's cousin and Georgiana's sister. Jane is almost convinced to follow god and his call, and even more so because she cannot be with Mr. Edward is the first person in Jane's life to offer her a real home and real love, and despite his rough anatomy, he wins her heart. She marries the Gateshead coachman, Robert Leaven, and has three children, the youngest of which she names Jane. Madame Pierrot The French instructor at Lowood. Madame Pierrot The likeable French teacher at Lowood who comes from Lisle, France.