Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte
407 pages

Setting: England, Early 1800s
Point of View: First person
Jane Eyre, the main character, is sent out of the drawing room by her Aunt, Mrs.
Reed (Jane’s parents had died while she was very young and her Uncle took her in. After
he died Mrs. Reed kept Jane although she despised her.). Jane then retires to the library,
where she hid by the window-sill, behind the curtain. A few minutes later her cousins
John, Eliza, and Geneva come in. While Eliza and Geneva watch, John orders Jane to
show herself. As she does, he taunts and insults her before taking the book away saying
that since his father died everything in the house belonged to him. John threw the book at
her causing her to fall back striking her head. When Jane tried to defend herself, John was
hurt and called for his mother and the servants. Jane was locked in the room in which her
Uncle died, for the whole night, as punishment for misbehavior.
Jane is a girl who is used to unjust treatment. Most of her life she had to live in a
house with no one who cared for her and no one she cared about. When she leaves
Lowood ( the school she attended as a child and teenager ), I believe she is looking for
happiness. Jane is extremely independent, for instance when she walked all the way to
town to mail her letter. She is also very cynical like when Mr. Rochester asks if she
expects a present from him and she replies that she has done nothing to deserve a present.
Mr. Rochester is the other main character of this story. He also is wanting
happiness, but mostly he just wants peace. He is brash and blunt, not really caring about
people’s feelings.
After Jane attends school at Lowood 6 years then teaches 2 additional years she
becomes tired of it and places an ad for a governess position in the local newspaper. The
ad is answered and Jane packs her things and heads off. Jane doesn’t meet the man she
works for until one night when she is taking a letter into town to mail. Mr. Rochester’s
horse gets spooked and they take a fall on the ice. Mr. Rochester sprained his ankle but his
horse is fine. when he is talking to Jane he learns that she is the new governess at
Thornfield, his house, while she learns nothing of him. They do not get introduced until
later when Mr. Rochester has Jane and Adele in for tea. There he asks her if she thinks
that he is handsome and when she answers no he doesn’t take offense but just laughs and
goes on about the conversation. Mrs. Reed becomes ill and will soon die so Jane goes
back to Gateshead to be with her.. They resolve their differences and Mrs. Reed dies.
When Jane returns to Thornfield, Mr. Rochester asks her to marry him. Although she is
skeptical at first, she consents and they make the plans. At the wedding Mr. Rochester’s’
brother-in-law stands up and declares to everyone that Mr. Rochester already has a wife.
Mr. Rochester admits it and invites everyone to come and see his wife. His wife is clearly
insane and he kept her locked in an attic room for everyone’s safety. Jane tells Mr.
Rochester that she must leave since he already has a wife and she goes and lives with a
ministers two sisters. The minister is in love with another woman but asks Jane to marry
him since she is the type for a ministers wife. Mr. Rochester hears of these plans and is
heartbroken. After a while Jane returns to Thornfield and tells him that she was never
going to marry the minister that it was all a mistake, and that she loved only him. They get
married and live in London.

I think the theme of this book is integrity. Jane shows she has integrity when she
doesn’t treat everyone the way she had been treated most of her life.

I think the title fits the book because there isn’t really anything else you could call
it. Its the story of Jane Eyre, its only right to call it Jane Eyre.

The End