Notes for "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë.

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Jane Eyre

Author- Charlotte Brontë

Genre- Romance

Original Publication Date- 1847


Jane Eyre- Main Character and narrator, intelligent, honest, plain-featured young girl forced to contend with oppression, inequality, and hardship, she meets with a series of individuals who threaten her independence but succeeds in asserting herself, maintains her principles of justice, human dignity, and morality, values intellectual and emotional fulfillment, strongly believes in gender and social equality and challenges the Victorian prejudices against women and the poor

John Eyre- Jane's uncle, leaves her 20,000 pounds

Edward Rochester- Jane's employer and the master of Thornfield, a wealthy and passionate man, unconventional and ready to set aside polite manners, propriety, and consideration of social class in order to interact with Jane frankly and directly, rash and impetuous, has spent much of his life roaming about Europe trying to avoid his problems, his problems are his own fault, but he is a sympathetic figure because he has suffered for so long as a result of his early marriage to Bertha

The Rivers

St. John Rivers- serves as Jane's benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield, gives her food and shelter, is the minister at Morton, cold, reserved, and often controlling, serves as a foil to Rochester

Diana Rivers- Jane's cousin, sister of St.

John and Mary, a kind and intelligent person, advises Jane not to go to India with St. John, serves as a model of an intellectually gifted and independent woman

Mary Rivers- Jane's cousin, sister of St. John and Diana, a kind and intelligent young woman, forced to work as a governess after her father loses his fortune, serves as a model of an independent woman who is also able to maintain close relationships with others and a sense of meaning in her life

Bessie Lee- maid at Gateshead,