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Jane Eyre

In Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel Jane Eyre, Jane is around nineteen years old and Mr. Rochester is described as being between thirty-five and forty years old. When Jane first encounters him, she...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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The central conflict in Jane Eyre can be boiled down to man vs. society. Though many personal conflicts occur throughout the novel, at its core, the book is about Jane determining and sticking to...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 2:57 am (UTC)

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This quote truly characterizes Jane Eyre; she demonstrates throughout the narrative of Charlotte Bronte's novel that she is a "free human being with an independent will." Having been orphaned in...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2017, 5:58 am (UTC)

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The pathetic fallacy occurs when the weather or outward scene reflects the inner emotional state of a character. At the beginning of the novel, Jane's inner misery and repressed wildness are...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Jane and Bertha and often read as doubles of each other—that is, Bertha is in some ways a prefiguration of what Jane is or will become if she accepts Rochester's illicit proposal. On the face of...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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This passage in Jane Eyre evokes the theme of Jane’s independence, and, by extension, her feminism. Specifically, Jane’s sense of self-reliance and view that status does not come from age, gender...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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When we are asked about the "Victorian elements" of Jane Eyre, we're being asked to describe the primary themes that seem to have a lot to do with the Victorian era. The Victorian age is called...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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The ending, in which Jane and Rochester marry, is happy, if bittersweet. It is bittersweet because Rochester has been disabled by the Thornfield fire, losing a hand and his eyesight. He is no...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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Jane Eyre is a dense book, and the previous educator was correct to point to the themes of class structure, the voice of women in life and literature, and more. Yet perhaps the main theme, the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2017, 5:05 am (UTC)

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There are actually quite a few similarities. Jane was an orphan, and like her, Charlotte grew up without a mother (she died when Charlotte was five). Both Jane and Charlotte were sent away to...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2007, 2:36 am (UTC)

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Mr. Rochester actually has numerous pet names for Jane; he calls her "malicious elf," "child," "sprite," "provoking puppet," "witch," "skylark," and various other names depending on the mood he's...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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Jane first meets Mr. Rochester as she walking in the dusk on a cold January day to mail a letter in Hay for Mrs. Fairfax. She sees a large dog, hears the thunder of a horse going by, and then hears...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019, 5:21 pm (UTC)

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The horse-chestnut tree symbolizes the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester. Jane goes for a walk in the orchard, down to the horse-chestnut tree. She is momentarily at peace: Here one...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Irony occurs when situations turn out the opposite way than one might expect or when words mean the opposite of what was intended. There are small and large examples of irony throughout Jane Eyre....

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Jane was locked up in the red room as a punishment for striking John Reed, her degenerate young master. She did not deserve this treatment, because John started the confrontation by mercilessly...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2008, 2:32 am (UTC)

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Bertha is both a foil and a mirror for Jane Eyre. She is the foil or opposite of Jane in terms of their behavior, while both are living at Thornfield. While Jane is quiet, demure, and...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 18 of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, Jane Eyre, Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester is away from his home at Thornfield Hall, having been "summoned to Millcote on business." Among his guests...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2020, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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Helen Burns models forgiveness in Jane Eyre and tries to teach the angry young Jane to be more forgiving. When Jane is outraged that Miss Scatcherd unfairly flogs Helen, Helen is forbearing, saying...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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Here is a description that Jane Eyre gives of Thornfield in Chapter 11: "All these relics gave to the third story of Thornfield Hall the aspect of a home of the past: a shrine of memory. I liked...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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Jane comes into her own as a person at Lowood, despite the horrific conditions of the school. For the first time, she is in a place where she is not made out to be a burden. Jane is given the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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I would argue that the main idea behind the story is that love conquers all. Throughout the course of the story, Jane experiences all manner of setbacks, most of which would defeat the hardiest...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019, 7:34 am (UTC)

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It's never definitively said whether or not Mr. Rochester is Adèle's father. He acknowledges that it's technically possible, but he very much doubts it. He does not recognize her as his daughter,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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Bronte uses juxtaposition to prove a point or make a comparison between characters. For example, Helen and Jane are juxtaposed in Chapter six: I could not comprehend this doctrine of endurance;...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Rochester loses a good chunk of money and valuable property in the fire which claims Bertha's life and his own eyesight, but he does not lose his fortune altogether. Judging from the testimony...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020, 11:31 am (UTC)

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A simile is a comparison that uses the words "like" or "as." An example of a simile is when Jane says that Mrs. Reed "swept me like a whirlwind into the nursery." Mrs. Reed, in this comparison, is...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2021, 3:21 am (UTC)

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Blanche Ingram is a character foil that helps to shine light on the heart of who Jane Eyre is, simply because Jane never goes out of her way to explain herself to the reader. This is the first big...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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I think there are many similarities between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. In a way, both characters are trapped in their lives. Jane is held to a certain role because of her social standing and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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In Charlotte' Brontë's Jane Eyre, the significant event that occurs in Chapter 23 is that Edward Rochester declares his love for Jane and asks her to marry him, even though they are from completely...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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Of course, it is largely a matter of personal preference, but on the whole, it seems reasonable to argue that Mr. Rochester is a sympathetic character. This is true largely for two reasons: First...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020, 11:20 am (UTC)

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While Jane Eyre primarily fits within Romanticism, the elements of realism that Charlotte Brontë deploys help keep the reader’s attention by making the action almost believable. Not only is there...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018, 8:07 pm (UTC)

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Charlotte Brontë published Jane Eyre in 1847, having failed to interest the publishers in a novel called The Professor, which featured a male protagonist and drew on her recent experiences in...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Jane meets Helen Burns on her first day at Lowood Institution, although she does not learn her name until the next day in class. Jane notices Helen when the girls are sent outside for a period of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2008, 2:56 am (UTC)

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In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Eliza and Georgiana Reed act as foils to the eponymous heroine. As is the case with their mother and brother as well, they are antagonists to the heroine and...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019, 9:30 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Fairfax acts as a kind of surrogate mother to Jane. She's a static character in that she doesn't really change throughout the story. But her role is nonetheless crucial as it provides a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019, 7:05 am (UTC)

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Jane Eyre's days at Lowood Institution are far from perfect, but they do provide her with a number of “firsts.” At Lowood, Jane finds her first real friend in Helen Burns, and Helen's beautiful...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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From an early age, the orphaned Jane is forced to fend for herself and become independent. She is disliked by her aunt Reed, sent off to a charity school, and enters adult life with no fortune or...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 11:17 am (UTC)

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In the novel Jane Eyre, Helen Burns is one of the girls Jane meets at Lowood Orphan Asylum. She becomes Jane's only friend, and is made an example when she is insubordinate by the standards of Miss...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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Jane and Mr. Rochester's relationship is based on intelligent equality at first. Mr. Rochester is intrigued with Jane's honesty to his questions which prompts him to inquire more into the way she...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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Jane Eyre is being raised by her Aunt Reed, after the death of her parents. Jane's mother's brother was Mr. Reed, who had died in the red room. Her Aunt had made a death bed promise to her dying...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2015, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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Ironically, the charades reveal more about Mr. Rochester's relationships with Blanche Ingram and with Jane than reality does. A careful and attentive observer, Jane watches in Chapter 18 as Mr....

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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Ferndean is where Jane and Rochester start their new life together as husband and wife. They find the happiness there that eluded them at Thornfield, the burning of which represents the end of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 1:30 am (UTC)

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In Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, one of my favorite passages alludes to Rochester's sense that there is indeed a supernatural quality to Jane that has drawn them together, even attached them. The...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012, 11:52 am (UTC)

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Jane Eyre is a Bildungsroman, a coming of age story, because it begins with Jane as a young girl and follows her as she deals with the trials and tribulations of growing into a young woman. Part of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012, 3:57 am (UTC)

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Mr. Rochester and St. John Rivers are literary foils. Simply put, this means that they are characters who offer a contrast to each other. And the contrasts between the two men really couldn't be...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017, 8:49 am (UTC)

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There is a great deal of bird imagery used in Charlotte Brontë's novel, Jane Eyre. When Jane arrives as a governess at Thornfield, she is much like a bird: nervous and shy, caged in that she can...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011, 5:02 am (UTC)

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Like everyone else, Jane cannot have complete control over the events of her life, but she can exert a fair measure of control over herself. That’s precisely what she does throughout the story that...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020, 11:02 am (UTC)

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Jane may love Rochester with all her heart and all her soul, but she still has her standards. This means that she will not marry him so long as he remains married. Such an arrangement would not...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2020, 11:14 am (UTC)

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There is nothing in the novel to suggest that the name has any significance beyond mere convenience. At the time, Jane explains her use of the alias by saying, "Anxious as ever to avoid discovery,...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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While Jane Eyre is a novel and not a true story, some parts of the novel were inspired by Brontë's own life. At the beginning of the novel, Jane transitions from living with her cruel relatives to...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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In the opening chapter of Bronte's narrative, when little Jane Eyre is not allowed to sit with her cousins near Mrs. Reed because she has not yet acquired the proper social disposition, Jane...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011, 4:43 am (UTC)

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