Jane Eyre was an orphan, raised by her cruel aunt Mrs. Reed. After overcoming her miserable life at Gateshead, Jane fled to Lowood, where she attended as a student for six years and two as a teacher. After about a decade of horrible events, Jane finally decided to make a change in her life and so she went to Thornfield where she worked as a governess to Adele, Mr. Rochester’s daughter.
Before she knew it, Jane had fallen in love with a man, much older than her, whom has a big secret. Strange things occur at Thornfield, but Mr. Rochester does nothing about it.
Context: 1847 in London
Date of first publication: 1847
Setting: Mostly in northern England... Gateshead Hall, Lowood, Thornfield, The Moor House, and Ferndean (Mr. Rochester's last home).
Major Themes: Love
Analysis of Main Characters:
Jane Eyre is the main character, and the narrator. She basically describes how her life was. Throughout the book, Jane grows and matures, and falls in love. Due to her self respect, once she found out about her forbidden love, she decided that it was best to leave. Later when she came across another situation, she did the right thing by realizing that it wasn't real and honest love and so she backed off. Her wisdom played a huge part too in the decisions she made. She is also very honest and obedient, even though she was treated badly during her childhood, it wasn't until the end of her days at Gateshead that she actually learned to stand up for herself.
Mr. Edward Rochester
Mr. Rochester is a very harsh man, he speaks directly, but yet he's very mysterious and cold hearted. An event that he was unwillingly forced to go through, really impacted his character and attitude towards the world. Although, at one point he does open up his heart, and in some way, shows his tenderness. He's also very rich and is the owner of Thornfield Hall. Out of good heart, he decided to take in Adele, his "daughter", even though her mother wasn't very loyal to him.
St. John, the man whom took in Jane during her depressing times, was the owner of The Moor house and built two schools for the poor children of the village in which he lived. He wished to be a missioner for God and wanted to go to India. He is a very stubborn man, whom liked to keep to himself. He really didn't show much affection towards others, except for a woman whom he could not marry. He's also the type of person whom holds a tiny grudge against those who don't do what he asks for.
Mr. Edward Rochester
Love and Goth
The book, kind of shows how true love can always bring back together these two people, no matter the situation. And this affection that Jane has, really shows how compassionate and caring she is. And so she describes the love of her life throughout the book with care.
Goth: "Gothic Fiction or sometimes referred to as Gothic horror is a genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror and Romanticism" (Wikipedia).
Even though love plays a larger role in this book, apparently goth plays a part too. At the beginning of the book, Jane is locked up in a "haunted" room in which she faints. Once she arrives at Thornfield, a series of mysterious events occur, all of which some one is intended to get hurt. But according to Mr. Rochester, it is nothing to be afraid of.