All events are told in the past from Jane’s point of view.
The setting is early 19th Century England.
Jane Eyre is classified as both a Gothic and a Romantic novel.
Orphaned as a child
Becomes governess at Thornfield
A feisty young child, who grows into a strong woman.
Embodies the English working-class woman.
Will marry . . . . ?
Jane’s boss at Thornfield
Gruff and rude
Made wealthy by family money
Benefactor to Adèle Varens
Very secretive and sometimes deceitful
Jane’s family on her father’s side
Mrs. Reed is Jane’s cruel aunt who sends Jane to Lowood; she locks Jane in the “Red Room” for punishment
John, Eliza, and Georgiana are Jane’s spoiled cousins; they are rude and selfish; they either torment Jane or ignore her
Jane’s caretakers when she leaves Thornfield – are her cousins on her mother’s side.
St. John – Minister at Morton, tries to get Jane to be his missionary wife
Diana and Mary – kind and independent women, serve as role models for Jane (we only see one of the sisters [Mary] in the movie)
St. John Rivers
Bertha is locked in the attic at Thornfield
Starts the bedroom fire, and eventually burns the house down
Kills herself in the house fire
Exotic, sensual personification of the Orient
Why is she at Thornfield?
Housekeeper at Thornfield
Serves as a mother figure/role model for Jane
Tells Jane about secrets of Thornfield and the Rochesters.
Helen Burns – Jane’s friend at Lowood, teaches her character, dies in Jane’s arms
Mr. Brocklehurst – cruel and dishonest master of Lowood School
Miss Temple – Jane’s favorite teacher, positive female role model/mother figure
Other Characters (Cont.)
Grace Poole – Bertha’s mysterious keeper, serves as Bertha’s scapegoat