Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte Genre: fictional novel Setting: 19th
century England, Yorkshire Moors Point of View: first person Narrator: Jane Eyre
telling it as an adult flashing back to her childhood CHARACTERS: Jane Eyre:

Jane is the orphaned daughter of a poor parson and his disinherited wife. She
lives at Gateshead Hall in the care of her aunt, Sarah Gibson Reed. She is
lonely and depressed here because she is abused emotionally and physically. She
later enrolls at Lowood, a boarding school for poor, orphaned girls. There, Jane
distinguishes herself in her classes and finds love and compassion through the
kindness of Ms. Temple and Helen. She eventually takes a position as a governess
to a little French girl, Adele Varens, the ward of Edward Rochester, the master
of Thornfield Hall. Jane and Rochester develop a mutual admiration and love for
each other. Their marriage plans are interrupted, however, and Jane flees to

Thornfield Hall. In the intervening year’s separation before their eventual
marriage, she establishes her independence. The two finally find happiness
together and produce a son. John Reed: The 14 year old who bullies Jane and is
spoiled by his mother. He is violent and abusive and is condescending in his
treatment in his treatment to Jane. Later in life, he reduces his mother to
poverty and dispair by leading a dissipated life. At the age of 23, he dies and
is rumored to have killed himself Eliza Reed The older daughter of the Reed
family. She is frugal to the point of being greedy. She keeps chickens, hoards
her eggs and chicken money, and lends it to he mother at a high interest rate.

When her mother lies on her deathbed, she cold-heartedly ignores her and devotes
herself to religion. After Mrs. Reed’s death she becomes a nun at a convent in

Lisle, France, and eventually rises to a position of Mother Superior, leaving
her fortune to the nunnery. Georgiana: The vain, self-indulgent beauty of the

Reed family. She is acrid and selfish (won’t let Jane play with her toys). She
accuses Eliza for ruining her plans to marry Lord Erwin Vere. She later goes to

London and marries a wealthy man. Aunt Sarah Reed: The mean-spirited widow of

Jane Eyre’s uncle who torments Jane at every opportunity. She is hypocritical
and feigns to Jane’s benefactress. Despite Jane’s attempt to make up for the
past, Mrs. Reed rejects Jane’s reconciliation and dies alone, and unloved.

Bessie Lee: The servant at Gateshead Hall who consoles Jane with treats from the
kitchen, Gulliver’s Travels, and sang her songs when she was excluded from the
family festivities, and visits Jane at Lowood. Bessie later marries Robert

Leaven, the coachman, has 3 children, and continues working for the Reed family.

Miss Abbot: The servant at Gateshead Hall who treated Jane condescendingly and
referred to her as a toad. Mr. Lloyd: The apothecary who treats Jane at

Gateshead. He perceives Jane’s unhappiness and thinks of solutions to her
problem: live with her father’s poor relatives or go to boarding school. Mr.

Brocklehurst: The head of Lowood School who interviews Jane. His grim,
hypocritical evaluation of Jane’s shortcomings follows her to Lowood where he
publicly labels her a liar. He is austere and preaches fire and brimstone;
however, his wife and daughters are luxuriously dressed. Helen Burns: The 14
year old motherless child from Northumberland. She befriends Jane at Lowood and
offers encouragement by word and example as the two friends endure the hardships
of school life. She is punished by Ms. Scatcherd to wear dirty clothes and
slattern across her forehead. On her deathbed, she anticipates contentment with

God and a reunion with Jane in heaven. Maria Temple: The superintendent and
music teacher at Lowood. She positively influences Jane by showing her kindness
and sympathy, and how to nurse her animosity. She later marries Rev. Mr. Nasmyth.

Edward Fairfax Rochester: After Rowland, Edward’s brother, receives the entire

Rochester family inheritance, Edward is tricked into marrying an insane woman
whom he barely knows. His love for Jane rekindles love, although his wife is
secretly locked up in a third story room of Thornfield. Following the death of
his wife, the loss of his home to a terrible fire, blindness, and the amputation
of his left hand, he is reunited with Jane at Ferndean, marries her, and
recovers enough vision in one eye to see their son. Blanche Ingram: The shallow
daughter of Lady Ingram who uses her glamour to lure Rochester toward a marriage
proposal. However,