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by Charlotte Brontë

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How are Jane Eyre, Mrs. Reed and Mr. Rochester characterized in the novel Jane Eyre?

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From childhood, Jane is a passionate person who learns as she grows up to hide her turbulent emotions under a placid and controlled facade. But beneath that facade lies a seething cauldron of feelings. The child Jane attacks the cold Mrs. Reed quite vehemently, hurling emotions at her with "ungovernable" passion:

"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—roughly and violently thrust me back—into the red-room, and locked me up there, to my dying day; though I was in agony, though I cried out, while suffering with distress, ‘Have mercy! Have mercy, Aunt Reed!’"

Although the adult Jane will refer to herself as a "Quakerish governess," quiet and plain, she will understand herself as a person of extremes:

I know no medium [middle ground]: I never in my life have known any medium in my dealings with positive hard

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