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Trace the development of Jane Eyres' character from a passionate child to independent woman

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Brad Tarren 11O Jane Eyre Trace the development of Jane Eyres' character from a passionate child to independent woman Our class has recently studied the novel 'Jane Eyre' as part of pre 1914 Gothic horror. The author of the story is Charlotte Bronte, the novel is part autobiographical; therefore giving the story a powerful and accurate effect (for example: two of Charlotte's sisters died while at school; thus giving Charlotte the inspiration for Helen's death at Lowood school) Jane Eyre was Charlottes second book published in October 1847 under a males name Currer Bell. The reason for this was because publishers were disinclined to publish a female author's novel. Charlotte was born in 1816 in Thorton, Yorkshire. She was the third of four daughters of Patrick Bronte. In her lifetime Jane refused three offers of marriage; but in 1854 she consented to marry her fathers curate, A.B. Nicholls. Sadly the marriage was short lived as Charlotte died from an illness during pregnancy. During the tale Jane Eyre's character varies; changing from a passionate child to a strong independent women, I believe this is from her spending time at Gateshead Hall, Lowood School and finally Thornfield Hall. ...read more.


Later on in Jane's life at Lowood, sadly Helen Burns dies in Jane's arms. Obviously Jane is upset but in a way is happy by the way fate had dealt with her, and the certain thought of Helen going on to a better life. Years passed at Lowood and Jane developed into a young teacher. She worked at Lowood for sometime, but eventually she accepts the post of governess at Thornfield Hall. When Jane begins work at Thornfield she is astonished by the politeness from the maids and staff there. But mainly its Mrs Fairfax who Jane believes treats her more kindly than the others. 'She treats me like a visitor, thought I' Time passes at Thornfield, and Jane finally meets Mr Rochester, the owner, while delivering a letter for Mrs Fairfax. Mr Rochester falls off his horse and injures himself; Jane's first impressions of him are explained as 'heroic, handsome looking'. This is Jane's first associate with a man. Rochester's injury compelled him to stay at Thornfield hall; this gave Jane and Rochester time to get to know each other. At first Rochester treats Jane with rudeness and abruptness. ...read more.


" Down superstition!" I commented, as that spectre rose up black by the black yew at the gate. " This is not thy deception, nor thy witchcraft: It was the work of nature. She was roused, and did - no miracle - but her best." Following this Jane decides to make her way back to Thornfield hall as she sees that she is in love with Rochester. However, as Jane made her way back to Thornfield Hall she is surprised to see that the hall had been burnt down, and only blackened ruins stood. " I looked on in joy towards a stately house; I saw a blackened ruin" Later is becomes clear that Bertha tried to burn down the house to kill Mr Rochester. Luckily Adele and the maids came to no harm, but sadly in an attempt to save Birthas' life Rochester lost his sight and also his hand. Even when receiving this news Jane carried on searching for Rochester, she eventually finds him at a place known as Ferndean Hall. "My dear master I am Jane Eyre: I have found you out I am come back to you" It started here where they married and started a family. Referring to the question, the quote that proves that Jane is now an independent women is ' No sir! I am now an independent woman' ...read more.

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