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“An epic tale of love, secrets and passion” BBC adaptation full title · Jane Eyre author · Charlotte Brontë (originally published under the male pseudonym Currer Bell) type of work · Novel genre · the Gothic; the romance novel; and the Bildungsroman time and place written · 1847, London date of first publication · 1847 publisher · Smith, Elder, and Co., Cornhill narrator · Jane Eyre protagonist · Jane Eyre setting (time) · Early decades of the nineteenth century. setting (place) · The novel is structured around five separate locations, all supposedly in northern England: the Reed family’s home at Gateshead, the wretched Lowood School, Rochester’s manor house Thornfield, the Rivers family’s home at Moor House, and Rochester’s rural retreat at Ferndean. characters· Jane Eyre Edward Rochester St. John Rivers Mrs. Reed Bessie Lee Mr. Lloyd Georgiana Reed Eliza Reed John Reed Helen Burns. ...read more.

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Jane then goes to Thornfield to find only blackened ruins. She learns that Rochester's wife set the house on fire and committed suicide by jumping from the roof. In his rescue attempts, Mr. Rochester lost a hand and his eyesight. Jane reunites with him, but he fears that she will be repulsed by his condition. When Jane assures him of her love and tells him that she will never leave him, Mr. Rochester again proposes. He eventually recovers enough sight to see their first-born son. By Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë Born 21 April 1816 Thornton, England Died 31 March 1855 (aged 38) Haworth, England Pen name Lord Charles Albert Florian Wellesley Currer Bell Occupation governess, novelist, poet Nationality English Genres Fiction, Poetry Notable work(s) Jane Eyre, Villette Jenny Premoli & Robin Finetto SUMMARY Jane Eyre lives with her uncle's family, the Reeds, as her uncle's dying wish. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mrs. Reed gives Jane a letter from Jane's uncle, John, asking for her to live with him. Soon after, Jane's aunt dies, and Jane returns to Thornfield, where Jane broods over Rochester's impending marriage to Blanche Ingram. But on a midsummer evening, he proclaims his love for Jane and proposes. As she prepares for her wedding, Jane's forebodings arise when a strange, savage-looking woman sneaks into her room one night and rips her wedding veil in two. During the wedding ceremony, Mr. Mason and a lawyer declare that Mr. Rochester can not marry because he is married to Mr. Mason?s sister. He admits this is true, and explains his wife is crazy and that he was tricked into marrying her. Jane travels through England using the little money she had saved. Exhausted, she makes her way to the home of Diana and Mary Rivers, but is turned away by the housekeeper. She faints on the doorstep, preparing for her death. St. John Rivers, Diana and Mary's brother, saves her. St. John finds her a teaching position ...read more.

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