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Significant Locations in Jane Eyre

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Anya Jae

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Transcript of Significant Locations in Jane Eyre

Restatemet of Thesis & Conclusion
The different places Jane encounters throughout Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre, Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield, the Moor’s house and Ferndean contribute to the mood of their specific sections in the novel, hold importance to the story line, and the development of Jane’s character throughout the story.

Lowood Institute
Thornfield Hall
Ferndean Manor
Significant Locations in Jane Eyre
"It was three storeys high, of proportions not vast, though considerable: a gentleman’s manor-house, not a nobleman’s seat: battlements round the top gave it a picturesque look. Its grey front stood out well from the background of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion’s designation. " - Chapter 11
Gateshead Hall
The Moor House
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Wide enclosure with high walls.
Purpose is to educate its pupils through the teachings of God.
Students work long hours.
They wear uncomfortable uniforms.
Rarely provided with healthy portions of food
Typhus contracted during the springs months

Jane's Experience
Third home of Jane Eyre
Home of Edward Rochester
Repressive and opulent setting
Isolated from society
Sense of negligence and antiquity
Enormity and grandness of the house
Lowood is Jane's ticket to Thornfield
Jane learns to teach pupils of her own under guidance of Ms. Temple
teaches Jane the mannerisms of young ladies
Residence of the Reeds and the first home of Jane Eyre
Wealthy family, therefore the estate is large and welcoming
Has a drawing-room, a breakfast-room and bedrooms with large windows, furniture made from mahogany, expensive drapery, and regal accents.
Occupants include the Reeds family, Bessie, Miss Abbot and Jane Eyre (formerly)
Jane's Experience
attends Lowood from ages 10-18
experiences true happiness for the first time
first friendship with Helen Burns
Mr. Brocklehurst humiliates Jane Eyre
Jane experiences grief for the first time over the death of Helen Burns
Jane meets Mr. Rochester who contributes greatly to her future.

Develops close relationships with majority of characters living in Thornfield

Jane's greatest maturity as a woman is evident and mainly develops throughout her time at Thornfield
Jane's Experience
Jane's Experience
Jane and Mr. Rochester meet again
Jane and Mr. Rochester have become more equal
their wealth
The two characters switch roles
Jane becomes more dominant in the relationship in comparison to their first meeting
Jane ablility to do more is extended, while Mr. Rochester's is limited
Jane's Experience
It's the first place Jane inhabits in the novel.
Represents her starting journey and depicts her childhood development.
Serves to set the unpleasant tone of Jane’s childhood through its prison-like qualities.
Jane feels ‘locked up’ with no escape, both physically and psychologically.
mood develops throughout Jane's stay at the Lowood Institute
Stage 1: loneliness, isolation, humiliation
Stage 2: acceptance, friendship, support
Stage 3: grief, mourning
Stage 4: responsibility
Everything is much grander than she is used to

Treated with more respect and equality

Experiences emotions she hasn't felt before

Was forced to deal with the consequences of a problem that she was not allowed to know about
Upon entering, she feels more welcomed.

Mr. Rochester creates a darker atmosphere

Mystery on the third floor adds to darkness

Jane becomes more restless than she was a Lowood

Her passionate side becomes visible as she falls in love with Rochester

When the love is present, the atmosphere around them is pleasant

Knowledge of the Bertha creates a negative atmosphere
"Well has Solomon said- 'Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.' I would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations for Gateshead and its daily luxuries." Chapter 8, pg. 65
Jane experiences torment and humiliation by the hands of the Reeds, particularly John Reed and his mother.
She is rejected by the Reed family, forces her to mature sooner.
Mrs. Reed thinks Jane as inferior to her own children, therefore she doesn’t take Jane’s feelings into account .
John Reed abuses Jane psychologically and physically, often throwing books at her, hitting her and calling her demeaning names.
Bessie is the only one who shows Jane love.
Comparison between the estate itself and the events that occur within are ironic.
Jane is excluded from social events, leaving her to feel lonely, helpless, isolated and fear while she is in the red-room.
Gives off a melancholy and dreary mood thanks to Jane’s description of the rainy weather.
Jane feels misery at almost all times, forever looking for an escape out of Gateshead Hall.
“I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage” (Brontë 9).
“Probably, if I had lately left a good home and kind parents, this would have been the hour when I should most keenly have regretted the separation: that wind would have saddened my heart; this obscure chaos would have disturbed my peace: as it was I derived from both a strange excitement, and reckless and feverish, I wished the wind to howl more wildly, the gloom to deepen the darkness, and the confusion to rise to clamour” (Brontë 47).
Discussion Question: Jane's social class is one of the reasons why Mrs. Reed dislikes her. How would her experience at Gateshead change if she was from the upper class?
The residence of the Rivers and their servant Hannah.
Unlike Thornfield and Gateshead, the Moor House is not described as extravagantly. Instead it is bland and shows the simplicity of nature.
Where Jane truly gains societal and financial independence.
Discussion Question: Would you say that Jane's experience at Lowood brought her more pain or joy? Why?
Which location do YOU think had the greatest impact on Jane's character and the plot line? Why?
Discussion Question: How might have the plot and mood change if Thornfield wasn't as isolated from society?
Like Gateshead, the exterior of the house compared to the events that happen within are completely different; opposite of Gateshead.
House is very secluded and away from society, but inside the house Jane experiences friendship, happiness and love.
The isolated location of the house mimics Jane's feelings when St. John continuously pressures her to marry him; feels lost, uncertain what to do.
Home of Mary and John

They were servants to Mr. Rochester

Isolated; located deep into the woods

Place where Jane goes to see Mr. Rochester

Jane and Mr. Rochester's relationship is mended
Watching the house she sees Mr. Rochester and is urged to go inside
When going in to see Mr. Rochester she is embraced by him and he believes she is a dream
Jane informs Mr. Rochester of St.John
putting emphasis on her non-existent love for him
Mr. Rochester proposes for the second time
Jane says yes
She sees them as equal now and is finally united with her love
"I am coming!" I cried. "Wait for me! Oh, I will come! "I flew to the door and looked into the passage: it was dark. I ran out into the garden: it was void. "Where are you?" I exclaimed. The hills beyond March Glen sent the answer faintly back, "Where are you!" I listened. The wind sighed low in the firs: all was moorland loneliness and midnight hush." (Brontë 401)
" I discerned in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place. No longer silent as a church, it echoed every hour or two to a knock at the door or a clang of the bell. Steps, too, often traversed the hall, and new voices spoke in different keys below. A rill from the outer world was flowing through it. It had a master, for my part, I liked it better." - Chapter 13
The remoteness ("lonliness") of the Moor House provides the peace and seclusion Jane needs to find herself and her developing sense of individuality and strength.
She aims for a 'fresh start' by leaving behind her past at Gateshead, Lowood and Thornfield.
No longer feels the need to live up to or break anyone's expectations of her.
The mood fluctuates between Jane and Mr. Rochester
Feeling Jane present, Mr. Rochester is bewildered
As her hears her story, he becomes sad
Jane and St. John
Mr. Rochester feels desperate and needy
The calming and assuring atmosphere Jane possesses, calms Mr. Rochester eventually
“To this house I came, just ere dark, on an evening marked by the characteristics of a sad sky, cold gale, and continued small penetrating rain.” (Brontë 437)
"My living darling! These are certainly her limbs, and these her features; but cannot be so blest, after all my misery. It is a dream; such dreams as I have had at night when I have clasped her once more to my heart as I do now; and kissed her, as thus- and felt that she loved me, and trusted that she would not leave me." (Brontë 415)
After abandoning Edward Rochester, Jane flees but is unable to seek shelter for a couple of days as she camps outside.
Jane is finally accepted by the Rivers family and is under their care.
Upon learning that the Rivers family is related to Jane, she is overjoyed as she is finally able to have family ties with whom shee is able to get along with.
To show her overexcitement, she splits her inheritance with St. John, Mary, and Diana.
St. John asks for Jane's hand in marriage for reasons other than love.
Jane finally comes to realization of her mistake and begins to miss Mr. Rochester.
The different places Jane encounters throughout Charlotte Brontë’s novel,
Jane Eyre -
Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield, the Moor’s house and Ferndean - contribute to the mood of their specific sections in the novel, hold importance to the story line, and the development of Jane’s character throughout the story.

Going back to the very first question we asked:
Which location do YOU think had the greatest impact on Jane's character and the plot line? Why?
Our Answer
We believe that Thornfield Hall had the greatest impact on Jane's character and the story line.
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