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Jane Eyre

Frey's Graph, Theme, Character Development

Amber Smith

on 29 October 2015

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Transcript of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
by: Charlotte Bronte


Jane Eyre -written by Charlotte Bronte
Major Character List

Jane Eyre
1. Exposition
2.Rising Action
4.Falling Action
5. Resolution
Exposition :
In Jane Eyre, the novel begins with an orphan girl who's greatest adversaries lay within her own blood line. Her cruel relatives have taken it upon themselves to establish the rank of superiority. Poor Jane Eyre, poor in both wealth and aspirations, is constantly being punished by Aunt Reed and her spoiled children. As a punishment she is sent into the red room where she believes her uncles ghost is present. She spooks herself into exhaustion, after conjuring up the apparition in her thoughts. She is soon sent away to a school, but not before giving her aunt a piece of her mind, after the accusation Aunt Reed made to Mr.Brocklehurst that Poor Jane Eyre was nothing but a liar!Once at school she befriends a girl named Helen and they become friends. Helen is one of the only people in the novel who shows Jane unending kindness and love. She later dies from Consumption. Jane continues school for six more years. When she's finally completed her studies, Jane advertises for a governess position. An elderly woman by the name of Mrs.Fairfax takes notice and ask Jane to be a governess for the young Adele.

Rising Action
Jane eventually advertises herself for a governess job and that's when she moves to Thornfield and meets Mr.Rochester. The rising action illustrates a vast development between Jane and Mr.Rochester. At first Miss Eyre finds her employer "changeful and abrupt." and the two begin conversing .Eventually they both have feelings towards one another but Jane believes her status isn't desirable enough for Mr.Rochester wealthy status. Jane believes that her social standing and duty as a woman will make her become submissive to a husband, so she is hesitant after excepting Edward Rochester's marriage proposal. On the day of her wedding ill will falls upon when she learns that in fact Mr.Rochester is married to a creole woman whom he hides in his attic, due to Bertha's madness. He pleads for Jane to marry him, but she says "Am I to be your Mistress?" She is maddened by the prospect of being nothing to him but she also has respect for herself which hinders her from saying yes. During early morning Jane Eyre vanishes from Thornfield, running from her past and what she feels will be her ruin. She falls Ill due to harsh elements and is taken in by St.John and his sisters. He finds her work and she stays for a few months until she starts work and moves into her own place. Her life is spent educating young village girls.
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- Jane Eyre
- Edward Rochester
-St. John Rivers
- Helen Burns

Falling Action
Many people could say that the climax is when Jane finds Bertha in the attic but I believe the climax occurs when St.John (sinjin) proposes a marriage agreement. He wants Jane to travel to India with him, but only if they are married. Miss Eyre has feelings toward him, but only of sisterly love and she rejects his advances. He becomes aggressive and claims that her love for Mr.Rochester is a sin, him and God will never forgive her transgressions of sin. A week passes by and St.John has only become more bitter due to the endless rejections, but Jane doesn't love him and she won't marry someone she doesn't love. During his exclamation of Jane Eyre's sinful actions, Jane hears a haunting voice calling her name, which is actually her subconscious leading her back to Thornfield, back to Mr.Rochester
The falling action in Jane Eyre could be when Jane arrives and finds Thornfield burned and decimated to the ground. She finds nothing but rumble and travels to the Rochester Arms Inn, where she learns about the incident. Bertha Mason (Mr.Rochester's maniac wife) set fire to the house, and jumped to her death. Mr.Rochester was injured during the fire and has lost a hand and his vision. Jane seeks his whereabouts and journeys to his place which is now located in Ferndean.
The novel's resolution is presented when Jane and Mr.Rochester have happily married. They have a baby boy together, and Mr.Rochester eventually regains sight in one of his eyes, so he was able to witness his son's presence. The charitable River's family has fulfilled their aspirations, Diana and Mary have happily married wonderful men, and St.John resides in India as a missionary, but he believes death is calling for him.
Character Development: Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is the novels protagonist, her growth throughout the narrative is essential to the plot. Miss Eyre can be depicted as being obstinate, guarded and decorous. She believes education will aid her journey to attain a social status commendable of praise. Miss Eyre fears are the loss of self-respect and the conflict between her ideals of freedom and morality. She desires autonomy, yet she covets love, which can cause to you be reliant on another. She yearns for love but the love she desires comes at moral cost. Will she plummet from her superior moral position for love, or will she seek out independence over emotions, and keep on the path of moral ideals? In the end Miss Eyre is able to attain both emotional sustenance and her autonomy and integrity. Bertha Mason is no longer hindering Miss Eyre's marriage with Mr. Rochester which achieves her pursuit for love and maintains her honor. Mr. Rochester becomes dependent on Jane, giving Jane the opportunity for being the superior of the two. She isn't needy of a man’s support, which pleases her wishes. She has wealth and vigor without relying on a male counterpart.
Edward Rochester
St.John Rivers (Sinjin)
Mr. Rochester is a wealthy man with many skeletons in his closet, and one happens to be an insane wife. When he is first introduced, Jane describes him as "Changeful and abrupt" because he is easily agitated and doesn't secrete a compassionate personality. He masks his personality with a clipped tone, which Mrs. Fairfax chalks but to an undesirable past. Even though he is Jane Eyre's superior he treats her as an equal. Later in their correspondence they become kindred spirits, seeking each other for mere joy. Mr. Rochester is the first male in Jane's life to give her a since of love and an everlasting home, yet Jane's trepidation of losing her dignity impedes their romantic interludes. Mr. Rochester becomes Jane's inferior when it comes to moral standards, and later on depends on her for a "prop and guide".
Helen Burns:
Helen Burns may have been a short lived character but she was a crucial part of Jane Eyre's character development, she is the foil to Jane. Her character is submissive and passive, which is a stark contrast from Jane's stubborn and headstrong nature. Quite like Jane, Helen yearns for a home yet this home she quests for his Heaven, she believes that justice will be given to her by God. Jane is sceptically of Helen's blind faith, but she still prays to God whilst on the journey to find love and to find somewhere she belongs.
Autonomy vs Love
Social Classes
Men vs Women
Jane Eyre struggles with relinquishing her independence, yet she yearns to be loved and to belong somewhere. She strives to be herself, which means never being submissive to those whom perceive themselves as superiors. Miss Eyre's fear of losing her integrity sends her away from Thornfield, because she fears becoming nothing more than Mr.Rochester's mistress. Her love for him presents her with the feeling of belonging yet the trepidation of losing herself and becoming a submissive counterpart to Mr.Rochester is far more important to her. When living in Thornfield hall she had the emotional sustenance, yet she lacked her independence, because she relied on Mr.Rochester. When away at the Moor House she was able to gain her independence and economic status, yet her emotional sustenance was nonexistent until St.John proposes to her. Miss Eyre feels no emotional pull from John though and rejects him. Eventually in the novel Jane Eyre rejoins Mr.Rochester, but things have changed. The power she craved has been given to her along with love. Miss Eyre states that her relationship with Mr.Rochester is one of equality, yet she has to be the powerful force in their relationship since Mr.Rochester has become disabled. I feel that Miss Eyre's relationship isn't of equality, instead she basks in the idea of being the one needed for help.
In the novel Jane Eyre, social classes are a vital theme throughout, because there are the struggles that Jane Eyre encounters from being in the lower class, never having wealth, and the challenges she encounters with the wealthy social class throughout the novels journey. Her social status and Mr. Rochester's vary drastically, since he is of immense wealth, and Miss Eyre is poor a governess. Her social standings hinder her from marrying Mr.Rochester because she doesn't want to marry a man she will be indebted to, she fears of being a glorified slave.
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Throughout the novel Jane Eyre struggles with morality vs. worldly pleasures for example,love. She encounters Helen Burns who's belief in Christianity and morality is too passive than Jane would prefer. Mr.Brocklehurst's version of morality and Christianity is to weed out pride in young ladies, keeping the girls from formulating their own ideals. St.John's ideal of Christianity and morality is of achieving extreme glory and self-importance. His belief is that God must come before a person's emotional sustenance. Jane refutes all three beliefs and follows what she believes is right. Jane possesses moral ideals , especially when it comes to putting her heart and independence on the line.
St. John is the bitter and detached missionary who strives to accomplish self significance and vast glory through God. He is the foil to Mr. Rochester, being a man of principles instead of worldly gratification. Mr. Rochester provides Jane with love whilst St. John provides her with autonomy. Jane is struck by the stark dissimilarity among both men, and struggles with her decisions. Should she exist in a life liberated from potential subjugation but be deficient in the delight of love? Or should she risk being inferior to somebody yet have a relationship with the gentleman she loves, which could offer eternal elation? St. John's proposal ignites Jane’s thoughts that maybe an immense fraction of individual sovereignty is enabled by the dependence of another.
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