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Transcript of Jane Eyre (:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
~ Jane Eyre was published on October 16 1847.
~ Genre ;
-Social criticism
-Romance novel
-Gothic fiction
Edward Rochester
He's a wealthy, passionate man. That has a huge secret that provides most of the suspense to the novel.
Jane's employer at the master of Thornfield.
He spent his adult life roaming around Europe to avoid consequences of his youthful indiscretions.
Set aside social class to interact with Jane directly.

Historical information from 1847
Charlotte Bronte's life -
Jane Eyre

Protagonist, and narrator of novel.
An intelligent , plain, honest young gal forced to deal with oppression, inequality, and struggles.
Throughout the book Jane maintains her principles of justice, human dignity, and morality.
Believes strongly in gender and social equality.
She's been an orphan since early childhood.
Jane Eyre is similar to Kristen Stewart's character Belle. Because they both faced struggles
Possible Themes
Moral Conviction
- Jane's views on this affair are extremely feminist, like her attempt to change the level of power in her relationship towards Rochester instead of becoming his object or property.
Religion insecurity
- Jane faces different variations of Christianity throughout the novel. Mr. Brocklehurst's Evangelicalism is full of hypocrisy: he talks on the benefits of privation and humility while he lives in a life of luxury and emotionally abuses the students at Lowood. Also at Lowood, Helen Burns's Christianity of absolute forgiveness and tolerance is too meek for Jane's tastes.
Social Position
- Jane is consistently a poor individual within a wealthy environment, particularly with the Reeds and at Thornfield. Her poverty creates an obstacle between her and her pursuit of happiness, including personal insecurity.
External beauty versus internal beauty
- Both Bertha Mason and Blanche Ingram are described as stunningly beautiful, but, in each case, the external beauty leads to internal ugliness. In both their cases, Mr. Rochester seems to have learned not to judge by appearances, and he eventually rejects them, despite their beauty. Only Jane, who lacks external beauty, has the inner beauty that appeals to Mr. Rochester.
Gender Inequality
- Jane is consciously aware of the problems related with unequal marriages. Therefore, even though she loves Mr. Rochester, she refuses to marry him until she has her own fortune and can enter into the marriage contract as an equal.
Jane Eyre

By:Moriah Allen, Stephanie Espinoza, Nikki Loheide, Monique Long, Sahsha Beaver

Significant Quotes
"I shook my head: I could not see how poor people had the means of being kind; and then to learn to speak like them, to adopt their manners, to be uneducated, to grow up like one of the poor women I saw sometimes nursing their children or washing their clothes at the cottage doors of the village of Gateshead: no, I was not heroic enough to purchase liberty at the price of caste." -Chapter 3
"I knew my traveller with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognized his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake." -Chapter 13
"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."-Chapter 14
"I saw he was going to marry her, for family, perhaps political reasons, because her rank and connections suited him; I felt he had not given her his love, and that her qualifications were ill adapted to win from him that treasure. This was the point—this was where the nerve was touched and teased—this was where the fever was sustained and fed: she could not charm him."-Chapter 18
"I am strangely glad to get back again to you: and wherever you are is my home—my only home."-Chapter 22
"What it was, whether beast or human being, one could not, at first sight, tell: it grovelled, seemingly, on all fours; it snatched and growled like some strange wild animal: but it was covered with clothing, and a quantity of dark, grizzled hair, wild as a mane, hid its head and face."-Chapter 26
"I found him a very patient, very forbearing, and yet an exacting master … By degrees, he acquired a certain influence over me that took away my liberty of mind … But I did not love my servitude: I wished, many a time, he had continued to neglect me." -Chapter 34
I choose Aaron Taylor Johnson as the celebrity to represent Edward Rochester, because I felt that both these individuals look alike. Also because they are both from England.
Staff @ Lowood
Mr. Brocklehurst- Cruel master at the Lowood school. He preaches a doctrine of privation as he steals from the school to support his luxurious lifestyle.
Maria Temple- Kind teacher at Lowood. Serves as Jane's first positive female role model. She helps Jane clear the accusations that Mrs. Reed had against her.
Miss Scatcherd- Jane's rude, and vicious teacher at Lowood.

St. John Rivers- Jane's benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield. Along with his sisters Mary, and Diana they provided food and shelter to Jane.
Alice Fairfax- Housekeeper at Thornfield Hall.First to tell Jane about the mysterious laughter that is heard in the halls.
Grace Poole- Bertha Mason's keeper at Thornfield. Her drunken carelessness allowed Bertha to escape a lot.
Ade`le Varens-Jane's pupil at Thornfield.
Sophie- Ade`le's French nurse at Thornfield.
Mrs. Reed
Jane's cruel aunt. Who raised Jane at Gateshead, until she sent her away to school.
Mrs. Reed constantly resents Jane because her husband always loved Jane more than her own children.
-I compared Mrs.Reed from "Jane Erye" to Cruella Deville, because they are both cruel, and evil.
Bessie Lee
Maid at Gateshead.
Only figure in Jane's childhood whom constantly treated Jane kindly. She would tell her stories, and sing her songs.
She marries Robert Leaven, the Reed's coachman
-I compared Bessie Lee to Gwyneth Paltrow, because she is a famous mother figure. Both of these women have compasion.
Literary Devices
] Mr. Rochester and Jane fell in love despite their opposing social position in life. It is situational irony that Jane believes Mr. Rochester is in love with Blanche Ingram when he is in fact in love with her.
It simply consists in the existence of a previous marriage. Mr. Rochester has a wife now living
Ch. 26, Page 40
] Destruction of nature is used often by Bronte, and it can symbolize many different aspects such as kindness, friendship, life and even acceptance.
Before I left my bed in the morning, little Adele came running in to tell me that the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck my lightning in the night, and half of it split away.
Ch. 23, Page 361
] In Jane Eyre, the antagonist is not a person or figure, but more of a struggle through the difficulties of life and its challenges. Jane is the protagonist, as well as her own antagonist.
My hopes were all dead-struck with a subtle doom, such as, in one night, fell on all the first born in the land of Egypt.
Ch. 26, Page 416
] Bronte heavily uses imagery to bring the characters and scenes in her novel to life.
This scene was as silent as if all the figures had been shadows and the firelit apartment a picture: so hushed was it, I could hear the cinders fall from teh grate, the clock tick in its obscure corner; and I even fancied I could distinguish the click-click of the woman's knitting needles.
Ch. 28, Page 469
One of the major conflicts in Jane Eyre was the ongoing "war between passion and responsibility" in Jane's head. For example, on her wedding day, she finds out that Mr. Rochester already has a wife, and she is torn between the decision of marrying him or not to marry him and stick to her morals.
I was actually permitting myself to experience a sickening sense of disappointment; but rallying my wits, and recollecting my principles, I at once called my sensations to order; and it was wonderful how I got over the temporary blunder—how I cleared up the mistake of supposing Mr. Rochester's movements a matter in which I had any cause to take a vital interest.
Ch. 17, Page 145
Mr. Lloyd
The Reed's apothecary. He was the one to suggest to send Jane away to school.
Mr. Lloyd sent wrote a letter confirming Jane to be a liar.
-I compared Mr. Lloyd to Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel Air because, they both have a bad side. Plus Uncle Phil Fostered a child, and Mr. Lloyd sent one away.
The Cousins
Georgiana Reed-Jane's cousin. During their childhood, she treated Jane cruelly; but when matured she befriended Jane. After the death of her mother she married a wealthy man. I compared Geogiana to Julie Benz , because they both married rich.
Eliza Reed- Jane's cousin. Devotes herself to selfrighteously. I compared Eliza to Adele, because they are both religious.
John Reed- Jane's cousin. Treats Jane with a huge amount of disrespect. Later he falls into the life of drinking and gambling. He commits suicide half way through the novel. I choose Ememinem to portray John because they both depend on alcohol.
Jane's close friend at Lowood.
Lives a miserable life that Jane cannot understand.
Helen died of consumption in Jane's arms.

-Anne Hathaway,and Helen Burns have similar personalities.
Charlotte Brontë's father was a rural clergyman. She lost her mother when she was five years old. Brontë's two older sisters—Maria and Elizabeth—died from an illness that they likely contracted at their harsh boarding school. Though outwardly plain, Brontë had an active imaginative life, writing stories of an elaborate fantasy world called Angria. Brontë's first of four novels—Jane Eyre—was immediately and widely popular, and brought her into London literary circles. Her sisters Emily and Anne were also successful novelists. After losing all of her siblings to illness, Brontë married a clergyman she respected, but did not love. She died at 38 of complications during her first pregnancy.
Jane Eyre is set in the north of England sometime in the first half of the nineteenth century. During this period, British society was undergoing slow but significant change. Perhaps most apparent was the transition from a rural to an industrial economy. The Industrial Revolution had begun in Britain in the late 1700s, and by the time of Jane Eyre, it was running full steam. Although Charlotte Bronte wrote about some of the effects of the Industrial Revolution in her 1849 novel Shirley, she touches on three areas of social concern in Jane Eyre ; education, women's employment, and marriage.
Charlotte Brontës' writing style is considered to be educated and precise. By her choice of complex words and not overly simplifying her ideas shows that she expresses her ideas thoroughly and gets her point across. For example, "I never liked long walks. I hate coming home in the dark and having cold fingers and toes, and I hate getting yelled at and feeling pathetic compared to my cousins."
Author's Style
Genre characteristics c:
Genre's for Jane Eyre are ;

~ Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story) ; Bildungsroman is a genre for Jane Eyre beause the book is based on her life as she grows up from a child to her adult years.
~ Gothic ; Gothic paraphernalia is first shown in the novel in the form of the red room.Although the novel carries no evidence of supernatural occurrences, allusions of apparently supernatural happenings are frequently mentioned such as in the red room scene when she senses the ghost of her uncle, her ears fill with sound which she said she ”deemed the rushing of wings; something seemed near me…”.
~ Romance ; Jane’s passionate attachment to Rochester definitely makes this qualify as a "Romance" – think of all the times Rochester grasps her and clasps her to his chest. Whew! We get hot and steamy just thinking about it.

Plot Summary (:
As a young orphan, Jane is sent to live with her uncle, who dies soon after her arrival. Jane is left in the care of her cruel aunt, who sends her to Lowood School to become a governess. Though conditions at the school are very poor, Jane makes friends there and finishes her education, obtaining a position as governess to the young Adele at a house called Thornfield. The master of the house, Edward Rochester, is seldom home, so Jane spends most of her time with Adele and the housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax. Strange events occur at Thornfield. Jane awakens one night to smell of smoke and discovers Rochester asleep with his bed on fire. Also, she frequently hears creepy, startling noises. After saving Rochester, Jane realizes that she loves him but is too proud to confess her feelings. Rochester has a group of guests over to Thornfield, and they treat Jane as a servant, especially Blanche Ingram, whom Rochester is expected to marry. Mrs. Reed, Jane's former caretaker, sends for Jane as she is on her deathbed. She admits to Jane that once a John Eyre, some relative of Jane's, offered to adopt the girl, but Mrs. Reed maliciously lied that Jane had died in the typhoid epidemic that affected Lowood. After her visit, Jane returns to Thornfield and Rochester asks for her hand. She gladly consents, but a few nights before their wedding Jane wakes up to find a woman in her room wearing Jane's veil. Terrified, she faints, but Rochester convinces her she was imagining things. At their wedding the secret is revealed that Rochester is already married. He takes the wedding party to the attic to reveal his wife, Bertha, who went mad shortly after their marriage 15 years before. Shocked, Jane leaves and is a poor beggar until she meets Reverend Rivers and goes to live with him and his two sisters. There, Jane realizes that John Eyre has died and left his fortune to her. The Rivers, she discovers, are her cousins. The Reverend, though he does not love her, wishes to marry Jane because he believes she will make a good wife and missionary. Jane does not love him either, but feels obligated to accept his hand. One night, Jane hears Rochester calling to her. She returns to Thornfield and finds the house burned down at the hands of Bertha. Rochester tried but failed to save her, and he lost his sight in the process. Jane and Rochester marry
Settings and Significance
Gateshead - Is where Jane's Aunt lives with her cousins. It represents a stage in Jane's life which is her childhood. The name "Gateshead" is represented as her enterance into life.

Lowood - The place she was going to school. The name itself "Lo wood" describes the location of the school. It's located in a low valley next to the woods. And it's also the "low" part of her life.

Thornfeild - The place where Jane finds love, temptation, and mystery which is a "fields of thorns."
Significance of Opening Scene
Immediately reading the opening scene in Jane Eyre we can see that Jane is overpowered my the Reed family. She is forbidden to show any sort of emotion. This is vital information because you can see what Jane values. Jane values creativity and honesty ,but she is in an environment that is threatening to stifle it.

Helen Burns
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