Obituary for Jane Eyre

In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, the main protagonist Jane Eyre was shown as a young, fragile orphaned girl, who grew to become an independent, strong woman. Jane, after battling against sickness for months, has passed away a few days after leaving the country house of Thornfield. Jane Eyre lived with her Aunt Reed and cousins until she was ten years old. They tormented her and treated her like a slave.  She finally became fed-up with the Reeds when they locked her into the “Red Room,” where her Uncle Reed died, as a punishment for telling John Reed exactly what she thought of him. On page 9, Jane Eyre claims, “‘Wicked and cruel boy!’ I said. ‘You are like a murderer – you are like a slave-driver – you are like the Roman Emperors!’” This shows us that from early on, without any support or help, Jane rises against oppression, with a strong sense of righteousness. On page 13, Jane describes her feelings while she was locked in the Red Room: “What consternation of soul was mine that dreary afternoon! How all my brain was in tumult and all my heart in insurrection! In what darkness, what dense ignorance was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question—why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of—I will not say how many years, I see it.” This shows us that Jane is always analyzing everything that happens and figuring out why all of it is happening. She wasn’t just objecting about being locked into the Red Room just because it had a bad history, but also because she thinks that she shouldn’t be punished because she was defending herself. It’s not just the idea of being punished that she was objecting, but because the punishment didn’t have a good reason for it.

After being tormented by the Reeds, Jane Eyre was sent to Lowood Institute, a girls’ boarding school for orphans. At the age of eighteen, Jane applied for a job at a country house called Thornfield, as a governess.

Later on, she met Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield. Over time, they started to fall for each other. Through all their ups and downs, Mr. Rochester finally proposes to Jane, to which Jane blissfully agreed to. But nothing always goes as planned.

At Jane and Mr. Rochester’s wedding, two strangers came, and one made a very astonishing announcement: “I have called it insuperable, and I speak advisedly… It simply consists in the existence of a previous marriage. Mr. Rochester has a wife now living.” (page 294) Jane, with a broken heart, and her keen sense of righteousness, refused to be his mistress and leaves Thornfield for good. Jane Eyre, now the young lady so different from others, with a sharp mind of her own and a strong sense of morality. It’s quite hard to believe that she was the same person as the fragile orphaned girl at Gateshead Hall. Rest in peace, Jane.

Exposition Analysis of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The initial setting in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë symbolizes the changes in Jane Eyre’s life. The exposition of this novel takes place in Gateshead Hall, where Jane lives with the Reeds. First of all, the names of the places in the exposition are not only places but also has a deeper meaning to it. For example, Gateshead Hall, where she spent her childhood with the Reeds, symbolizes her “gateway” or entrance to the rest of the world, to a new world, and the “head” of her problems and misery. The quote “I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage.” (page 13) shows how “out of place” Jane was compared to the Reed children, and how she felt about it. She knew how the Reeds treated her, but she didn’t feel how cold-blooded they were until she was locked in “the Red Room.” “Shaking my hair from my eyes, I lifted my head and tried to look boldly round the dark room: at this moment a light gleamed on the wall. Was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind? No; moonlight was still, and this stirred; while I gazed, it glided up to the ceiling and quivered over my head. I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likely hood, a gleam from a lantern, carried by someone across the lawn: but then, prepared as my mind was for horror, shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift-darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world. My heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears, which I deemed the rushing of wings: something seemed near me; I was oppressed, suffocated: endurance broke down—I uttered a wild, involuntary cry—I rushed to the door and shook the lock in a desperate effort.” (page 15) This is when Jane showed her fears of the Red Room, of a possibility that she’s locked in there with her Uncle Reed’s ghost. The Red Room represented Hell, as Jane became rather wary of sin after she spent time in the Red Room. Therefore, this represented indescribable trauma and suffering, as Jane lost consciousness because she couldn’t deal with the situation, and she can never put the problem into words. Whenever Jane suffers in her future, it takes her emotionally back to the Red Room. In conclusion, the setting of this novel symbolizes the beginning of Jane Eyre’s problems and misery in finding herself, how she feels about her new life and family.