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Jane Eyre: a woman’s Bildungsroman : 

Jane Eyre: a woman’s Bildungsroman The plot of Jane Eyre follows the form of a Bildungsroman, which is a novel that tells the story of a child’s maturation and focuses on the emotions and experiences that accompany and incite Jane’s growth to adulthood. In Jane Eyre, there are five distinct stages of development, each linked to a particular place: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead Her education at Lowood School Her time as a governess at Thornfield Her time with the Rivers family at Morton and at Moor House Her reunion with and marriage to Rochester. From these experiences Jane becomes the mature woman who narrates the novel in a first-person narrative.

Main Characters : 

Main Characters Jane Eyre: The protagonist and narrator of the novel Jane is an intelligent, honest, plain-featured young girl that has to face oppression, inequality, and hardship. Although she meets a series of people who threaten her autonomy, Jane repeatedly succeeds at preserving herself and maintains her principles of justice, human dignity, and morality. She also values intellectual and emotional fulfillment. Her strong belief in social equality, challenging the Victorian prejudices against women and poor.

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Edward Rochester: Jane’s employer and the master of Thornfield He is a wealthy, passionate man with a dark secret that gives the reader much of the novel’s suspense. He is unconventional, ready to go against polite manners, propriety, and consideration of social class, in order to interact with Jane frankly and directly. He is rude, impetuous, and has spent much of his life roaming about Europe trying to avoid the consequences of his youthful past. His problems are partly the result of his own recklessness, but he is a sympathetic figure, and has been describing as a suffering character because of his early marriage to Bertha.

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St. John Rivers: With his sisters, Mary and Diana He is described as Jane’s benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield, giving her food and shelter. He is a well-mannered man, fair, blue-eyed, with a Grecian profile, but cold and reserved, often controlled in his interactions with others. Because he is entirely alienated from his feelings and devoted solely to an austere ambition, he could be seen as a foil to Edward Rochester.

Bertha : 

Bertha She is a complex presence. She obstacles Jane’s happiness, but she also increases the growth of Jane’s self-understanding. The mystery surrounding Bertha establishes suspense and terror to the plot and the atmosphere. Bertha serves as a reminder of Rochester’s youthful libertinism. She can also be interpreted as a symbol: she could represents Britain’s fear that psychologically “locked away” the other cultures during the period of imperialism; Bertha was in fact from jamaica. She also could be seen as the typical Victorian wife who is expected never to travel or work outside the house. She’s definitely is linked to the figure of moral and social inequality of women in 19th century. Bertha’s insanity could serve as warning to Jane of what complete love to Rochester could bring.

Themes and motifs : 

Themes and motifs Love vs authority Strictness of Victorian society Search for equality

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LOVE vs AUTONOMY Jane Eyre is above all the story of a person looking for love. Jane searches, not just romantic love, but also a sense of being valued. She must learn how to gain love without sacrificing and harming herself in this process. Her fear of losing her autonomy motivates her refusal of Rochester’s marriage proposal. She believes that marrying Rochester while he still remains legally linked to Bertha would mean sacrifice her own moral integrity for the sake of emotional gratification. When St. John proposes her to marry him,she refuses him knowing that the marriage would remain loveless. Only after proving her self-sufficiency she marry Rochester. This way marriage can be between equals.

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STRICTNESS OF SOCIETY Jane Eyre is critical of Victorian England’s strict social hierarchy. Jane is a figure of ambiguous class and, consequently, a source of extreme tension for the characters around her. Jane’s manners, sophistication, and education are the ones of an aristocrat, because Victorian-age governesses had to possess the culture of the aristocracy. As paid employee, governesses were more or less treated as servant. Jane remains penniless and powerless while at Thornfield. She is Edward’s intellectual equal, but not his social equal. She openly speaks out against class prejudice in the book. It is important to notice that society border lines are nowhere bent in the novel.

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SEARCH FOR EQUALITY Jane continually struggles to achieve equality and to overcome oppression. In addition to class hierarchy, she fight against patriarchal domination and against those who believe women to be inferior to men. Three central male figures threaten her desire for equality and dignity: Mr. Brocklehurst, Lowood School master Edward Rochester St. John Rivers. Each tries to keep her in a submissive position, where she is unable to express her own thoughts and feelings. She must escape Brocklehurst, reject St. John, and come to Rochester only after ensuring that they may marry as equal. She will not depend solely on Rochester for love and she can be financially independent. Furthermore, Rochester is blind at the novel’s end and utterly dependent upon Jane to be his guide.

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Longing Love Governesses

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