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Transcript of Jane Eyre
She's Rochester's wife. She's the woman who's been living on the third floor. She's the woman who bit her brother, Richard Mason.
Apparently Rochester's father forced him to marry Bertha, not telling him that insanity runs in the Mason family. After trying to live with her, Rochester locked her up and made Grace her maid. Rochester explains that he traveled Europe to forget her. They aren't allowed to divorce because her actions aren't under her control.
He proposes that he and Jane could go to France and live like a married couple.
Jane refuses to be another mistress.
She leaves in the middle of the night. Jane has nowhere to go, and she wanders. She is on the brink of starvation when she is taken in by the Rivers' family, who live at Moor House in the town of Morton. The children -St. John (pronounced like Sinjin), Mary, and Diana- take her in and treat her kind. Jane begins to teach at the village's school. Soon, John Eyre, Jane's other uncle, passes, and leaves an inheritance to his niece. This is when we learn the Rivers' children are actually Jane's cousins. Jane Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte.
The story follows Jane, our lead character, as she grows up without any sort of stable structure. Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21, 1816, the third child in a herd of six, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. Her and her sisters, Emily and Anne, were the only three survivors of the children. The three banded together in 1839 to establish a school because of Charlotte's love of teaching. In the end, all three went on to become writers. Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey and The Tennant of Wildfell Hell were both penned by Anne. The story begins with orphaned Jane living with her Aunt Reed, her cousins, a servant named Bessie, and an apothecary named Mr. Lloyd in the 19th Century. John, one of Jane's cousins, treats Jane horribly, causing our main character to fight back. Aunt Reed then locks Jane in The Red Room as punishment, This is the room where Jane's uncle/Aunt Reed's husband died. While she is trapped inside, Jane believes she sees the ghost of Uncle Reed. In turn, she screams and faints. When she wakes up, Bessie and Mr. Lloyd are looking over her, and the two suggest they send Jane to a school, away from the family. Aunt Reed agrees. Lowood School isn't what Jane imagined at all.
The teachers are cruel to her (aside from one Miss Temple), the master, Mr. Brocklehurst, is a hypocrite who thinks of himself before the school, and she only has one friend: Helen.
Helen Burns is a religious, Heavenly girl who is graceful and kind to everyone. Her personality and optimism enlightens yet confused Jane; why is she so kind to the teachers than berate her? Who is full of so much pleasantry that it overshadows the bad in that Hellish school?
However, Helen's Angelic existence couldn't prevent her death. An outbreak of typhus takes over the school, and Jane's best friend is swept up into the illness. Helen is taken to a private room, yet Jane sneaks in to see her.
Helen dies that night in her arms. Mr. Brocklehurst leaves to preserve his reputation, and a more kind man takes his place. Jane spends eight years at Lowood; six as a student, two as a teacher. She soon moves to Thornfield Manor to become a governess for Adele Varens, a somewhat spoiled French girl. Also in the house is Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper. There is talk of Mr. Rochester, the owner of the house, and how he may or may not be Adele's father, since her mother is Rochester's ex-mistress.
One night, Jane finally meets Edward Rochester, the borderline rude, not-that-handsome owner she's heard rumors about. Jane admires his abrupt manners and rugged looks. He, too, finds her quite compelling. The love is instantly mutual.
She likes Thornfield, yet there is a third floor. A third floor only occupied by a servant, Grace Poole, and cryptic laughter. Thus begins the exercise of Jane's undeniable strength. One evening, a fire starts in Rochester's room, and Jane saves him. This, along with long, intimate talks, brings them closer together. However, when Rochester claims the fire is started by Grace and takes no action, Jane begins to worry.
That worry turns into shock when, during a week-long dinner party, Rochester invites Blanche Ingram, a beautiful gold-digger who dislikes Jane. Rochester and Blanche toy around with the rumor that they have a relationship. Also during this party, a man by the name of Richard Mason shows up with the group. There is obviously something between him and Rochester; the house owner is actually frightened by him.
Things get weirder when, one night, Mason sneaks onto the third floor and ends up getting bitten and stabbed. Characters Bronte published Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell in 1847. After the success of Jane Eyre, she revealed her true identity and went on to write Shirley and Villette. She also had a passion for poetry. She became a highly-regarded writer in England. However, when Emily passed in 1848, and Anne died in 1849, she felt depressed and alone. She married Reverend Arthur Nicholls in 1854, despite the fact she did not love him. Charlotte was pregnant when she fatally contracted pneumonia in 1855. Charlotte Bronte After leaving Thornfield to forgive a fatally-ill Aunt Reed and come to terms with the suicide of John for weeks, Jane comes back to expect Rochester to be engaged to Blanche. Instead, Rochester proposes to Jane, after she realizes how attached she has grown to the manor and him. This is her first real home; this is special.
Jane begins to talk to her dead uncle, and, in the middle of the night, a crazy-looking woman comes into her room and rips her wedding veil in two.
The wedding day arrives, Jane and Rochester are at the alter when two men interrupt the ceremony.
Rochester is already married. Themes and Quotes St. John asks Jane to marry him and go to India on a missionary trip. Though it would be a thrilling trip, Jane knows she doesn't love him and says no. He keeps pressuring her, and her resistance is about to break when she hears Rochester's voice while she's sleeping, calling her. Jane goes back to Thornfield to find that the manor has burnt down; Bertha caused it after Rochester searched for Jane and, becoming emotionally unstable, locked himself away. Bertha died in the flames, and Rochester was left with a single eye, blind, and one hand after saving the remaining servants. Jane goes to Rochester's new estate, Ferndean, to take care of him. They marry after rebuilding their relationship, and they have a child. Jane Eyre Over the course of the novel, Jane basically grows into her skin. She becomes a stern, confident woman with good morals. From a tough childhood to a love triangle, it has never been easy for her. Yet, she is a tree; she began as a tiny, fragile seed, and she has stretched and developed into a sturdy structure. Edward Rochester He isn't handsome or kind, but Edward wins Jane's heart anyway. He is very passionate and upset about his past mistakes, like with becoming Adele's guardian. He believes in a sort of soulmate, kindred spirits. Also, he goes from being superior to Jane socially to being weaker than her, literally , due to his injury. St. John Rivers St. John is the counterpart, a foil of some sorts to Rochester. He is cold and bland, in Jane's eyes. When he invites her to India, he's offering her a chance to do something great. At the same time, however, she would be tied to a life without true love. He would basically render her into nothing. Helen Burns Social Class Bessie answered not; but ere long, addressing me, she said, "You ought to be aware, Miss, that you are under obligations to Mrs. Reed: she keeps you: if she were to turn you off, you would have to go to the poor-house."
(Chapter Two) Religion Finding Love/Marriage "Whenever I marry," she continued, after a pause which none interrupted, "I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me. I will suffer no competitor near the throne; I shall exact an undivided homage: his devotions shall not be shared between me and the shape he sees in his mirror."
(Chapter 17) Literary Review http://www.emlynchand.com/2011/03/book-review-jane-eyre-by-charlotte-bronte-spoiler-alert-the-best-book-ever/ My Review Jane Eyre is an enchanting story that addresses all the issues that a person may struggle with today (religion, love, self-preservation), though the book was written in the 19th century. I found myself relating to Jane, especially when she made decisions regarding her love life and trusting Rochester; after being so independent for so long, she found it hard to balance dedication and that liberation within herself. The language was hard to push through, yet, at the same time, it wrapped you up and brought you into the time period. You became Jane. Jane became you. Those are the stories that are the grandest, making them true classics. "I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to visit you when I am grown up; and if any one asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty. . . . You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity. I shall remember how you thrust me back . . . into the red-room. . . . And that punishment you made me suffer because your wicked boy struck me—knocked me down for nothing. I will tell anybody who asks me questions this exact tale. ’Ere I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt. It seemed as if an invisible bond had burst, and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty. . . ."
(Chapter Four) 19th Century Romanticism started off the century, and Modernism also began. It was the Victorian Era, full of woman crafted out of perfection; feminism was the result.
It was a time period full of discovery and female frustration.