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Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte

2. End of Chapter Ten

My favorite character at this time in the novel, is Jane Eyre. A new chapter in her life was about to begin when she was accepted for the position as a governess, for a small child at Thornfield Hall. She has come a long way from her days abandoned by her cruel aunt and treated poorly by her cousins. After her school days at Lowood, she wanted a brighter and more independent life for herself. She has had the strength to be strong and

confident through it all. The characters that I disliked were her Aunt Reed and her cousins. Her aunt abandoned her, did not treat her as the other

children and locked her up the majority of the time. Her cousin John would constantly cause her physical and emotional harm, while cousins Georgiana and Eliza preferred to ignore her. Jane had spent eight years at Lowood Institution and suffered many hardships. Her life is saddened when her best and only friend, Helen Burns, dies at Lowood from sickness. Fortunately Jane wants a better life for herself, and ventures out into the world. I do like this work so far because it is interesting to see what will happen to Jane and where her life will lead. Charlotte Bronte's style does tend to be a little dull in some parts of the novel, from too much emphasis on minor events to much detail in some areas of the novel that is not relevant. I do think that Jane will enjoy the new life she has made for herself, this being a different experience.

End of Chapter Twenty-Eight

Jane is still my favorite character in the novel. She makes you want to reach your heart out to her with all that she experiences. The novel centers around her and her life, she has to be the favored character. I disliked Mr. Rochester when he was first introduced, always being cold, stiff, and

difficult towards Jane. As the days pass, Jane does feel the intensity of love build between her and Mr. Rochester. They eventually make their way to the church to be married, when the dark and terrible secret is revealed. Lurking in the attic of Thornfield Hall, is Mr. Rochester's insane, maniac wife Bertha. She is a character to despise throwing tantrums, setting Rochester's bedroom on fire, tearing Jane's veil to shreds, and stabbing and biting her own brother Richard. Bertha would remind one of a wild beast and untamed dog. Jane realizes that she has to do the right thing even though she loves Edward Rochester. She cannot stay with him if he has a wife living. She tells herself, " Which is better?-To have surrendered to temptation; listened to passion; made no painful effort-no struggle;-but to have sunk down..." Jane ends up leaving Thornfield Hall early morning

before anyone is awake. She is to start a brand new life on her own, away from everything she has loved and loves. The novel has gotten more

intriguing due to the exciting events that occur one after the other. At the end of this chapter the reader begins to wonder what is to happen to Jane on her own, having no money, no friends, no relatives and no where to go.

Bravery on Jane's part is her major strength, to leave the man she thought she knew, for independence.

Chapter Thirty-Three

Once again Jane Eyre has come a long way from her life and Edward, at Thornfield Hall. She had wandered around starving, physically, mentally, and emotionally, after she left Thornfield. This show how strong and determined of a person she is. She was on the brink of death, having no where to go, nothing to eat, when a kind family brought her in to their shelter. She is treated like a sister, this being a new experience for Jane to comprehend. She eventually becomes a schoolmistress in the small town where she lives. She is an independent woman that does not need the support of anyone to help her. She discovers that the family she lives with, John, Mary and Diane were her actual blood family cousins. She finally obtains what she has been looking for her whole life. A sense of identity, security in family, to feel loved and that she belongs. She inherits a large fortune from her deceased uncle, and decides to spilt the inheritance with her cousins as well. This shows how much of an unselfish, giving person she is. Before she is to travel away, she decides to find out what has happened to her Edward Rochester. She sets off to Thornfield to find her love. The only

incident that I find far fetched was when Jane ended up on someone's door step, they welcome her, and treat her as family. She then discovers that they are her blood relatives. The author seemed to include an

unbelievable situation into the novel. It is great to see Jane joyful again due to the circumstances that have arose.

Chapter Thirty-Eight Conclusion

Jane marries Edward Rochester in the conclusion of this work. She ends up returning to Thornfield Hall, only to find that it has burnt down. She

discovers Bertha is the culprit, who also dies shortly after the blaze. She is shocked and in unbelief at the news, wondering where everyone has gone to. She travels to where Edward was residing, and finds herself a blind and crippled man, injured in the tragic event. She vows to stay with him through everything, to help and to nurse him. This also shows her strength shining through, to be able to stick with her love with all the support and special care he needed. Their love lasts in the end, surviving many trials. The reader was left wondering if Jane would ever meet up with Edward again, and this is a wonderful ending to the life of a strong, determined, giving, loving and unique character. Charlotte Bronte made the reunion of the pair seem so exciting and heart warming. Towards the end of the work, it made me want to keep on reading to discover what would happen to the characters.

3. The title of the novel I chose, Jane Eyre, is appropriate to what the

entire novel consists of. Charlotte Bronte centers the story around the life and experiences of Jane and the people around her that affect her life.

I would not consider this work a tragedy because it ended positively and "happily ever after" in the end. Tragedies occurred all throughout the novel, including the death of Jane's best friend Helen, discovering Edward's secret wife in the attic, leaving her love and Thornfield Hall

forever, Thornfield Hall burning to the ground and Edward becoming blind and crippled. These do not make the the work a tragedy, Jane not being harmed or left alone in the end, only to be a joyful ending. Jane would only be considered a tragic hero in the sense that she has the potential to be good. She was a very kind, giving, good natured, loving person. She really did not possess a tragic flaw, and her character does reach full

potential in the end of the novel when she inherits a fortune and marries Edward.

I feel that Charlotte Bronte has a romantic personality, Jane Eyre being a romantic type of tale, Jane discovering herself as a person, and falling in love with the man of her dreams. She might also have a strong, positive type of personality. She might have brought into Jane what she saw in

herself. Jane was always able to speak up for herself, to come back with quick- witted responses, to survive on her own with no one else, and to have confidence in her abilities. She showed the highest amount of

courage when she left Mr. Rochester. This showed that she did not need a man to complete her life, to carry on, to survive. She was independently strong, and free willed.

If I were an English teacher, I would want to share this work with my

students because it is a marvelous story, and Jane is a very unique and interesting character I would not want to share it with my students because some parts were difficult due to the long, detailed accounts of events and of some language that was hard to comprehend. The majority of the Jane Eyre keeps the reader intrigued and waiting to discover what was to

happen next.

The most important quote in Jane Eyre is, "Anybody may blame me who likes, when I add further, that, now and then, when I took a walk by myself in the grounds; when I went down to the gates and looked through them along the road; or when, while Adele played with her nurse, and Mrs. Fairfax made jellies in the storeroom, I climbed the three staircases, raised the trap-door of the attic, and having reached the leads, looked out afar over sequestered field and hill, and along dim sky-line - that then I longed for a power of vision which might overpass that limit; which might reach the busy world, towns, regions full of life I had heard of but never seen - that then I desired more of practical experience than I possessed; more of intercourse with my kind, of acquaintance with variety of character, than was here within my reach." This quote is important to my understanding of the novel because Jane was always searching for some type of freedom and escape in her daily life. She had not seen the world, not met very many people, but has been confined to close quarters, where she dwells. She

always wanted more for herself, independence, intercourse with people and a different lifestyle then what she has been used to. This work is about Jane Eyre discovering herself and experiencing events and people that she never had before.

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