Jane Eyre Essay, Research Paper
Setting: England, Early 1800s
Point of View: First person
Jane Eyre, the main character, is sent out of the drawing room by her Aunt, Mrs.
Reed (Jane’s parents had died while she was very young and her Uncle took her in. After
he died Mrs. Reed kept Jane although she despised her.). Jane then retires to the library,
where she hid by the window-sill, behind the curtain. A few minutes later her cousins
John, Eliza, and Geneva come in. While Eliza and Geneva watch, John orders Jane to
show herself. As she does, he taunts and insults her before taking the book away saying
that since his father died everything in the house belonged to him. John threw the book at
her causing her to fall back striking her head. When Jane tried to defend herself, John was
hurt and called for his mother and the servants. Jane was locked in the room in which her
Uncle died, for the whole night, as punishment for misbehavior.
Jane is a girl who is used to unjust treatment. Most of her life she had to live in a
house with no one who cared for her and no one she cared about. When she leaves
Lowood ( the school she attended as a child and teenager ), I believe she is looking for
happiness. Jane is extremely independent, for instance when she walked all the way to
town to mail her letter. She is also very cynical like when Mr. Rochester asks if she
expects a present from him and she replies that she has done nothing to deserve a present.
Mr. Rochester is the other main character of this story. He also is wanting
happiness, but mostly he just wants peace. He is brash and blunt, not really caring about
After Jane attends school at Lowood 6 years then teaches 2 additional years she
becomes tired of it and places an ad for a governess position in the local newspaper. The
ad is answered and Jane packs her things and heads off. Jane doesn’t meet the man she
works for until one night when she is taking a letter into…
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