Jane Eyre Essay Research Paper Jane EyreCharlotte

Jane Eyre Essay, Research Paper

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

407 pages


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

people’s feelings.


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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