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In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, the character of Jane Eyre stands in for the author in a certain way and the portrait of Jane is intended to be laudatory. Looking at it from a more objective perspective, I think Jane's major fault is pride. Had she been more willing to discuss the issues with Mr. Rochester after her discovery of the existence of Bertha Mason, it might have been possible to arrange a divorce; alternatively, she and Rochester could have lived comfortably together in France. In a sense, Jane's pride led her to being unwilling to exist in a relationship in which she was not in a superior position of power; throughout the book, she continually has conflicts with those in authority because she has difficult making compromises.
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