As well, along with the notions of feminism often follow the subjects of class distinctions and boundaries. At the beginning of the 19th century, little opportunity existed for women, and thus many of them felt uncomfortable when attempting to enter many parts of society.
Reed, and three cousins. As the relationship between Jane and the Reeds deteriorates, Mrs.
Reed decides to send Jane away to Lowood school. Before Jane leaves, Mrs. Brocklehurst the manager of Lowood that Jane is a liar, and he promises not to forget it. The conditions at Lowood are very harsh.
Brocklehurst is cruel and hypocritical, forcing the students to remain humble by making their own clothes and sharing beds while his own daughters live in luxury. The girls are given meager portions of often inedible food, and the school itself is freezing.
Despite these difficulties, Jane manages to find a friend in Helen Burns, a fellow student. When Helen later dies during a typhus outbreak at the school, Jane is devastated.
After the typhus epidemic, the unsanitary and grim condition of the school is publicly revealed, and Lowood is put under new management.
Jane stays at the school for six more years as a student and two years as a teacher before setting off for a new job as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Edward Rochester, the often-absent owner of Thornfield.
When Jane finally meets Mr. Rochester, she is intrigued by his quirky personality and blunt way of speaking. Rochester begins to court a local beauty named Blanche Ingram, upsetting Jane, who now recognizes that she has feelings for him.
Jane briefly returns to Gateshead to visit the dying Mrs.
Reed and learns that she has an uncle, John Eyre, who is looking for her. Rochester proposes to her rather than Miss Ingram. Their wedding is interrupted, however, by a man who claims that Mr. Rochester is already married.
Jane is horrified to learn that Mr. Jane wanders for several days until, nearly starving, she is taken in by St. John Rivers and his two sisters.
Jane gets along well with the sisters and is slightly intimidated by St. She splits this evenly between herself and the Rivers family—who she has recently discovered are her cousins. When Jane arrives at Thornfield, she is shocked to see that the hall is merely a charred ruin.
A local innkeeper tells her that Bertha Rochester got loose one evening and set the hall on fire before leaping from the roof to her death.
Rochester took great pains to rescue everyone in the house and, as a result, lost his hand and his eyesight. Jane goes to visit Mr. Rochester and they reconcile.
Rochester marry, and his eyesight gradually recovers enough that he can see their firstborn son.Recorded at this week's Hay Festival , Mab Jones introduces us to her favourite female character in literature - Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, with whom she identifies most - and extracts the.
From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Jane Eyre Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays. From Susan Ostrov Weisser’s Introduction to Jane Eyre.
Matthew Arnold famously characterized Charlotte Brontë’s writing as full of “rebellion and rage,” yet that description does not easily square with the most famous line of her best-known novel, Jane Eyre: “Reader, I married him.”Coming as it does at the conclusion of a tempestuous series of ordeals in the romance of the.
There is an ample amount of evidence to suggest that the tone of Jane Eyre is in fact a very feminist one and may well be thought as relevant to the women of today who feel they have been discriminated against because of there gender. If you print or download from this site, please consider making at least a $ donation through PayPal.
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Jane Eyre - The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Jane is an intelligent, honest, plain-featured young girl forced to contend with oppression, inequality, and hardship. Although she meets with a series of individuals who threaten her autonomy, Jane repeatedly succeeds at asserting herself and.