“ Author: Charlotte Bronte / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 29 September 2008 / Genre: Children's Comic Strips & Graphic Novels / Publisher: Classical Comics / Title: Jane Eyre / ISBN 13: 9781906332082 / ISBN 10: 1906332082 „
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After reading several of Jane Austens novels, I decided to switch authors and read Jane eyre by charlotte bronte. The majority of things I have heard about this book say it is a great english classic and one of the greatest love stories of all time. I must admit my opinion differs. I found the story predictable and a bit trite especially the ending. The story is basically of a poor badly treated orphan who goes to work as a governess, to a rather brusque, and seemingly cruel, master. But it all sorts itself out conveniently, as it has done in all romantic dramas since the begining of time.
I'm afraid I cannot begin to compare the complexity and subtlety of Jane Austens writing with Charlotte Bronte's more predictable and sedentary storytelling. I realise that this book was written in the 19th century, but being old does not necessarily make it good.
If there is a heroine to surpass all others in the world of fiction, then it is Jane Eyre; the creation of one of the greatest novelists, Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Bennett may be the most well known of literary heroines (well deserved, naturally), but Jane Eyre is my all time personal favourite.
Charlotte Bronte manages to create a woman who we are constantly cheering on to succeed. She is intelligent and strong, better than those who have wronged her, and the most deserved character of love. Her equal comes in the shape of Mr Rochester, who embodies all the characteristics of a hero himself; brooding, mysterious and a man who will sacrifice everything, including social stigma, to gain the affection of Jane.
Bronte's writing has a beautiful quality. It is understandable to the modern reader. Do not be put off by the fact that it is an old novel and that the English is written in a different fashion. It is, in my opinion, easier to read that Austen and is a great book to introduce yourself to classic literature. Her fluid writing allows you to absorb the atmosphere and cultural world that the author embodies, while making you feel the real social and gender struggles that a woman like Jane would encounter.
At its heart is love, but also mystery. Twists and turns make sure this is no easy going romance. It is captivating and stimulating, with pace and emotion. There is a reason that this is a classic and why I regard it as one, if not the best, novel on my bookshelf.
Jane Eyre is abook had been wanting for ages after hearing all the great reviews about it, I had to know if this book was as great as everyone had been saying and I have got to say that it was. The age of the book at first put me off because I wasn't sure if I would be able to understand the language but I only had a few difficulties and I throughly enjoyed the difference of this to many modern books.
Jane Eyre is set in the victorian era and takes you through the story of her life from childhood to the age of 19 when she knows she has found her true love, Mr Rochester. The book gives you a huge insight into what life used to be like which I foud educational and the romance of it actually gave you butterflies, in the will they won't they moments.
When you are first introduced to Jane Eyre you meet her when she is a young child and you feel for her as she is a orphan. She quickly becomes rebllious after a stint in the "red room" and is then sent to a boarding school after her 5 years at the boarding school she is transofrmed into a well educated young lady whose fits of rebellion have mostly been wiped out.
Jane sets up ad in the newspaper for a job as a governess, this is where she meets Mr Rochester. At first she doesn't see him as a man who she would like but this soon changes because she sees that beauty can be on the inside.
This a book which learns you the bounds of true love and if you do find it and leave it you will spend the rest of your life regreting your decision. You will be torn in two, like Jane, and will sit there trying to tell her she is making the right decision. You will be left happy when the novel ends and feel satified that she has made the right decision in the end.
The novel tells the story of an orphan, Jane Eyre. After a unhappy childhood spent in the house at Lowwood School, Jane, a plain orphan girl, secures a post at a teacher at the same school where she has been educated. Then she is engaged at a governess at Thornfield, a secluded and quiet country estate, in order to teach the young ward of Mr. Rochester. At the beginning she finds her employer an eccentric and moody individual, but then falls in love with him, and is loved in turn. Meanwhile strange things happen in the house. One night she awakes to find Mr. Rochester's room in fire. She learns that the fire has been caused by a woman, a maniac, who is being kept on the third floor. On another night a visitor, called Mason, is wounded in the house. Very important in the structure of the novel is Chapter XXV. In this chapter Jane tells her employer and fiancé the strange dream she has dreamt and the strange things that have happened during the night. " I dreamt another dream, sir: that Thornfield Hall was a dreary ruin, the retreat of bats and owls (...) "Now, Janet, I'll explain to you all about it. It was half dream, half reality."
On the day of Jane's wedding with Mr. Rochester the mystery is finally made clear, While they are at the church with their wedding guests, a stranger comes forward to object to the marriage, and presents a document signed by the very Mason who was wounded at Thornfield, stating that Mr. Rochester is already married to Mason' sister. Rochester admits the fact and leads the bridal party to the third floor of his house where his wife, the insane Bertha Rochester, is confined in charge of an attendant. Jane Eyre leaves the house, to return, however, when Bertha Rochester dies in the started by herself. Jane eventually marries Rochester who has been blinded in the attempt to rescue his wife from the flames. The novel has several conventions with Gothic fiction. Among the Gothic features are the disquieting atmosphere of some of the settings, which are often described in dark and threatening shades, as well as the occurrence of mysterious events. About Bertha Mason, the "mad woman in the attic", who is depicted as a wild and strange, and who id surrounded by an aura of fascination, some feminist critics have developed their interpretation of the novel seeing in her both the embodiment and the critique of so many "mad" women in the history of literature, and at the same time the "double" of Jane Eyre.
Although on one hand Bertha is Jane's opposite, on the other hand we must consider her as complementary. The two women are two side of the same coin, two aspects which contribute to create a deeper portrait of a female identity. An examples of this is the scene where Jane looks in a mirror and sees the reflection of Bertha's face. Two woman in one: the enigma of our life!
Charlotte Bronte's Jayne Eyre despite being termed merely a 'GCSE' text within the educational system, radiates volumes of hidden depth which may take one a lifetime too fully understand. Far from being the typically helpless and naive female character so frequently used within this time, Bronte achieves a main character whom eptimises matriarchy , in every way shape and form. Although far from being synonomous with the strong and independent women of todays world, Eyre is painted by Bronte as a women of humility and humbleness, allowing the novel a thirst quenchinlgy refreshing change from both classic literatures patriarchal shackles, and feminine excesses in order for one too express their dominant ideaological leaniance.
Taking focus away from Eyre one can see the plot manages to demonstrate all the sorrows, joy's and trials of life , without over exhausting of events to achieve sensationalism. The novels bleakness is used by Bronte to give an authentic feel, its serenity and muted madness becomes its very beating heart, fantastically mirroring Eyre and the solitude which echoes from her very bones. In laymens terms its fair too suggest the plot provides a classic love story in that of Mr Rochester and Jayne ,whilst the madness concealed within thornfield hall becomes a device to please the reader of its day creating an element of sinister mystery and scandal; much like the stories aired on 21st century soap operas.
The novel is indefinately one of the greatest of all time simply because of its elegant potryal of the human psyche, and Brontes ability to potray Human emotions which reaches almost near perfection. In all of us man or women the desolate and gracious tale, can relate too our very lifes, and this is by far the novels greatest achivement its ability too allow us too feel jayne is within us, we share her very soul. When the novel is over its impossible for one not too take away a deep and meaningful understanding of Eyre, and learn lessons from her which find themselves coming to the surface when we may least expect!
Jane Eyre completely deserves to be named as one of the classic works of literature. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte has succeeded in creating one of the most likeable and refreshing heroines of all time. Not only is Jane an intelligent and quick witted woman but she is also drawn to the strange and bad tempered Rochester.
The novel is fast paced and has witty dialogue and exiting events to every page to keep the reader enthralled until the end, which comes way to soon in my opinion. Some of the events are a little far-fetched at times but the life like and entertaining characters more than makeup for the lack of believabillity in parts.
It has been said time and again that Jane Eyre is a novel written well before it's time. Jane's determination and strength were almost unheard of in the 19th century but make Jane Eyre loved by millions of readers worldwide today.
Jane Eyre is a book I came across when I had to study it at school. Unlike a lot of the classics they make you read at school, I actually enjoyed this one and have returned to reading it several times since then. I found that with a lot of classics I'd read over the years, I tended to skip over lengthy passages, and basically skim read them, but with Jane Eyre I was hooked onto every word, I actually read it word for word. This was one of the things I enjoyed about the novel, the ease of the language compared to other classics. I think that those who do not usually like reading classics may like to start off with something like this, as it is a relatively easy read...for a classic.
The storyline is basically a Cinderella type fairytale, with many twists and turns and set in 19th century England. A young orphan girl named Jane embarks upon gaining some independence by going to a boarding school, then taking on the role of a governess in a rich man's household, and inevitably she falls in love with this man. But status along with some dark secrets, separate them.
So, what is to be enjoyed about this book? Well for starters it does make a very good read, it is interesting, it is dramatic, it is passionate, it is intense, it is a gothic fairytale. So for those who like to read just to enjoy, that is what you have to look forward to. For those who enjoy analysing and interpreting novels, one of the things that I liked was the fact that there are so many themes that just jump out at you from the page, and several of these themes make for good discussion. At the beginning we are faced with a man who deems Jane a devil and that she must be punished for her sins, but with no real basis for his accusations, this makes you question religion, that this man is using religion as a source of power over children and over others who cross his path. This is combatted by St.John and his sisters who appear later on in the novel, all very religious yet kind-hearted and amiable people. So if you're interested in different interpretations of Christianity, this may be of some interest to you.
One of the things I enjoy about reading classics, is looking at them from a feminist angle, and there is plenty of that here, from women who are locked up literally to women who are locked up metaphorically, due to status, due to domesticity. There are a lot of dominant female characters, both bad and good. Jane for one shows herself to be independent as she goes out there to become a governess, but there is also the question of whether she is truly independent, time and time again she gets into a mess and she is rescued by a man. Some may find it romantic, others may read into it a lot more and question, Why is it always a man? Does this mean that women always have to lean on men for support? And so on it goes...
I mentioned language at the beginning, and it really is something to be enjoyed about this book, not just the ease of it, but also the descriptive passages, which I'm usually not a huge fan of. But the way Bronte presents her descriptions make everything seem so intense, and so real, particularly with her gothic descriptions of places that Jane finds herself in, without the description you wouldn't feel just how terrifying some of these places or situations are.
(So far I haven't found a film that matches the greatness of the novel, usually when it comes to classics I like watching the film before I read the book, but in this instance, I'd recommend reading the book first.)
Overall a great classic, I'd recommend it for 14 years and older. Perhaps with a female heroine, it may be more appealing to women, but there are moments I think guys would enjoy as well.
I remember studying this classic novel by Charlotte Bronte when I was at school and I have to admit this probably wouldn't have been my sort of book at all unless I'd learnt about in class. However, I must admit that I did really enjoy it when I got into it and it's a great piece of literature. I thought the book was a bit slow to start but got better as it went along. It combines some essential ingredients for a great book and that is mystery, horror and romance all wrapped into one riveting story.
That story actually focuses on Jane Eyre who is a young woman who is an oprphan and is raised by a widow named Mrs. Reed until she was ten years old. Mrs. Reed also have three children of her own. The other children make Jane's life hard and difficult and in the end she is sent to an institution run by a member of the clergy named Mr. Brocklehurst who is a mean man.
He does not treat the girls at the school particularly well and gives them just the bare minimum they need to survive. He is also on top of that embezzling funds and spending the money that is donated for the girls for his own family.
Jane has one friend in the school named Helen. She is a bit older but is a great friend to Jane. She helps to teach her to take things on the chin and not let life get her down no matter how unjustly she may be treated. Jane takes this information on board and once she finishes as a pupil stays on as a teacher.
In the end she grows bored of her teaching and lands a position where she is governess for a French girl named Adele. She soon enough meets the love of her life in Mr. Rochester where the romance side of things kicks in. He is older than her by a number of years but they have a connection.
There are many twists and turns along the way leading up to their wedding day and you will be suprised and stunned by some of the revelations and things that happen. It is very interesting and captivating.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone, especially if you like the old classics as it's well worth it and is a great story of a young woman's life.
During all the years that I've been studying literature, I must have studied this book countless times, both in French and in English for academic purposes. But this is a book that I also adore on a more personal level, and this goes to the extent that I can today proudly say that I must have read Jane Eyre a zillion times so far. There is something about Charlotte Brontë's writing that never fails to charm me. She writes with amazing grace and flair and the novel itself has a poetic flow to it that makes me want to read some of the words out loud- and trust me, some of the phrases really do sound musical. Her expressions and some words are certainly outdated, but I would say that it adds to the overall charm of the book.
Little Jane Eyre has nothing to her name: A Plain and penniless orphan, she lives with a rather evil distant family of hers, the Reeds. Mrs Reeds despises Jane and after years of being ill-treated by her so-called aunt and cousin, Jane is sent to an extremely strict, Spartan-like school. After a highly-disciplined education, Jane becomes a governess at Thornfield House. She will soon learn the secrets of the household....and get introduced to Mr Rochester, a rather foreboding, intimidating man...
The very first thing that I loved about the novel was the extremely precise character description. Brontë does not directly volunteer information about her protagonist' physical or emotional aspect. She rather lets the reader gradually get to know Jane, and gives what I personally believe to be a brilliant depiction of a combination of courage, wit and passionate intensity to Jane. Unlike many characters of the time, Jane Eyre is an extremely relatable person, even today. I would attribute that to the manner in which the author painted a protagonist that is neither perfect nor imperfect, but just an average, rather plain girl. Her depth in description lies mainly in conversation, whereby one character will talk/gossip about someone else to another character- and hence presents the reader with quite a vast amount of detail. In fact, I personally liked the way in which she seems to play on the voyeuristic side of it all: I experienced a great deal of wicked delight in leaning about some trivia about other characters while two people gossiped in the book.
I think that the author was able to reach out of the pages to the reader because of her rather interactive style of writing. There are times when she addresses the reader personally- as Jane of course. I really, really liked these bits. She didn't fill the book with interaction or direct addresses to readers, but rather threw in a couple of messages to readers and that really seemed to enhance the mood of the moment. That really seemed to help me, especially during bits where too much detail was given. I would personally say that the only flaw that I found with the book, in fact, was how the author sometimes over-did it on details; to the extent that she can fill pages and pages about somewhat unnecessary details about a particular place or person. While it is certainly helpful into creating a more precise, visual image, the details bored me somewhat and I had to force myself not to skip the pages.
Another thing that I liked was how the author painted the growing up process of Jane. I have read countless books that start with the protagonist as a child, and ends with his/her adulthood. And many times before, I have been disappointed with how the grown up versions of the protagonists end up sounding like the kids they used to be, or seemed to have morphed into someone else altogether. That is why I greatly admired the author's penning of Jane as an adult. The transformation was neither too drastic nor too mild. Instead, even as Jane grows up, you can see traces of the child she used to be, and new traits of character acquired as she grows up. This is something that I fail to see in many books, and personally delight in finally seeing a book that showed such a transition so smoothly. Even the climax is so smooth that you barely notice that the plot has reached its climax, until you read what happens afterwards.
The book is quite thick- since it covers Jane's life from childhood to adulthood, and I think that this is why the pace and flow are quite leisurely. At no time did I feel that the writing was stilted or too fast. As mentioned above, Brontë even found the time to include some unnecessary bits of detail and trivia. There are some people who do not like books that drag on, or that move at such a leisurely pace, and I am not one of them. When I curled up with the book, I found myself enjoying the slowness of the entire flow, and it really helped into integrating me within the plot as a whole. It also really helped me into appreciating the character development of Mr Rochester, but I only wished that the author focused a little bit more on his personality. But one of the things that while Brontë might linger on her pace, she never, ever deviates from her main protagonist. I feel that as the male hero of the book, Mr Rochester could have enjoyed a little bit more time as a primary protagonist, but he was instead firmly placed in secondary position. He can be said to stand as the male hero- but at no time does he even stand close to overshadowing Jane. I didn't really like that bit, but I would say that it was efficient in terms of keeping all the focus on Jane Eyre.
Thematic elements include feminism, coming-of-age, love, and the demands of society of the time. I think that while these thematic features were quite developed, the focus of the novel remains more psychological and on Jane's state of mind. This is something that I personally liked. I know that books during the 1900 were really focused on the presentation of society and all of that, but these are personally not my kind of read. It was therefore extremely refreshing for me to find a novel from that time that delivers a more psychological image of the protagonist, rather than a social one.
My copy is Everyman's edition, with a rather lengthy introduction by Margaret Lane. If you have this copy, I would really recommend reading the introduction, despite the length. It is extremely informative for those who, like me, are nosy about the trivia and life of the author.
Overall, this is a highly-recommended read. And once that you must try at least one in your lifetime. Forget about the movies, the actual novel is so much better!
Thanks for reading!
I have re read and re read this book and am continually surprised at the intelligence, the tropes within, the intelligent language and the amazing storyline! Reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (which chronicles the early like of 'Bertha') made me think a lot more about Antoinette (Rochester's Wife) and how she relates to Jane Eyre - this poor woman is more of a plot device than an individual; described in animalistic, post colonial language and is used as an illustration to Jane as what would have happened to her if she had indulged her passions rather than learning to control them. Helen Burns is the opposite example; a gentle, intelligent woman who takes the path of least resistance; she is depressed, submissive, frankly suicidal, though she glosses it over with a religious veneer; she shows Jane what happens if you just roll over. Helen is bullied relentlessly by her tutor; Jane perceives that trying to please a bully does not work. Anyway; go read this book. It is a wonderful, intelligent, feminist, historic novel with a lot to offer.
Jane Eyre, by Yorkshires own Charlotte Bronte has firmly settled itself into its well deserved title of being one of the classics.
The book addresses a theme which we are all faced with, no matter what centaury that we are living in. The quest for acceptance, belonging and even to be loved runs throughout the novel and is as contempary now as it was when at the time which novel was written.
We see Jane progress through childhood, in a home where she is not wanted, to being an outsider in the harsh world of a charity boarding school then perhaps to contentment in her older years.
Remaining with the idea of being an outsider there is an interesting exploration of the social class system of Victorian Britain. Jane's never seemed to fit neatly into one category, the child of a mixed class marriage, left living off the charity of her uncles wife following the death of her parents, and later the uncle. Jane leaves her charity run boarding school a teacher, she possesses the education and intelligence associated with the upper class yet the ambiguity of having to work as a governance, the paid staff of the wealthy.
Jane seems to be heavily influenced by religion throughout the book and there is a constant deliverance between sacred piety and secular indulgencies.
This is of course my interpretation of the book! Every reader will draw something different from all literature. I have only touched on what I consider to be the major themes of the book, I could expand and expand until the readers of this reach old age. There are many themes and messages throughout the book. It is a book that you could study for a life time and always find something new.
It is also a book which you could just read, as I did when I first picked it up. It is a fascinating story which you can either take at face level, enjoy and move on or you can come back to analyse and enjoy again and again.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre was written in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte, born in 1816, one of the famous Bronte sisters. It's a classical Gothic love story, of a girl born into a difficult life.
Jane is an orphan, living with her aunt, who does not want her, or love her; she tries hard to keep out of her Aunt's and cousin's way but finds herself constantly blamed and treated badly. Eventually sent away to an charity school for orphans, she finds life can only get worse. Beaten, starved, and humiliated she struggles to cope, but somehow survives her way to adulthood.
Jane becomes a governess for a single, lonely man, Rochester and his children and is drawn into a dark, gothic world or love, mystery and madness. This is the immortal story of Jane Eyre, the lonely, plain governess and the Rochester, the strange, mysterious man who is haunted by the horror of a past he is desperate to hide.
~Isn't it a bit out dated?~
It is written in a time of governess' and wild, mysterious gothic love, but despite this it is an immortal story, one that will never become outdated. It doesn't matter if you don't like old fashioned books; this story of love is timeless and will still touch you emotionally in the same way as a new love story might.
~Everyone should try it~
Everyone should read Jane Eyre it's a stunning, beautifully written novel that takes you back to a time of romance and love, it will leave you believing that love can happen and you can overcome anything.
~An excerpt~ From Jane Eyre
"I learned that Miss Temple, on returning to her own room at dawn, had found me lain in a little crib; my face against Helen Burns's shoulder, my arm around her neck, I was asleep and Helen was - dead,"
This book will make you want to cry, to hope and believe in love.
One of the best novels ever written in the English Language....
It expresses the inner emotions of the main character with precision, insight and depth in a story that is not only a gothic mystery but a spiritual tale of a young woman's growth into wisdom and a form of independence.
A woman writing at this time was unusual, but to master the genre was also suprising. For the main character, a simple governess, to gain a form of independence was even rarer and quite controversial. Charlotte Bronte had to use the pseudonym Curer Bell.
It's the story of an ordinary woman (that was said to have inspired Dickens), as opposed to an upper class perspective prevalent in Jane Austen's works.
It was a great success then, a 19th Century dark fairytale, (rooted in reality) and it continues to be captivating....It's certainly not an overlong or boring classical love story.
But it's certainly a classic and a truly inspiring novel for all women, and men too!
I haven't read Jane Eyre for about 25 years and I've always had fond memories of it but my edition was a bit old hardback and (I'm aware that this sounds like a really lousy reason for not reading a classic) it's really heavy and uncomfortable to read. But was lucky enough to get a Sony eReader for Christmas and it came with 100 classic novels and Jane Eyre just begged to be the first one read on it.
I have fond memories of the book although I had forgotten a lot of the details and I think in memory I had painted Jane as a little more of a weak victim than she was. I was surprised on re-reading that although she remained a victim of circumstance in the loss of her parents and her placements with the rotten Reeds and severe Brocklehurst run Lowood, she was really quite feisty and as the story progressed she demonstrates a strength of character that probably would have marked her out in her time. I think there is probably a lot of evidence for this being an autobiographical detail but I don't like to know too much about an author as I find it colours my imagination when I'm reading.
The book tracks Jane through her development and love affair with Mr Rochester and employs the same devices as many romantic movies still do, the misunderstandings, the lovers thwarted and the eventual happy ending (which would have broken my heart were it not present, my heart leapt as Jane returns to Thornfield and was handing the water to the unknowing Mr Rochester).
After all these years, it didn't disappoint. It had more than I recall, although if I'm honest the addition of the supernatural element where Rochester calls Jane to him and the fact that the final words belong to St John did jar with me a fraction. It is a story that has stood the test of time but then I suppose love stories always do.
I have started to read the English classics, mainly because I like to think of myself as a bit of an intellectual and at 28 I have read hardly any classics and it is ruin my reputation as an academic genius. Bronte is a good literary name and so Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of the titles on my 'get-clever-quick' bookshelf. I have recently also tried Sons and Lovers, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Tom Jones. I have to say some of these are hard going. Jane Eyre on the other hand, apart from being set in a different age, has all the hallmarks of a classic piece of chick lit. I know some will think that degrades a literary masterpiece but in my mind, the whole point of a novel is to entertain and interest those who read it. I was certainly both entertained and interested in Jane Eyre.
The book follows the life of an orphan, Jane Eyre, who is sent to live with her Uncle and his family. When her uncle then dies, she is unwanted and unloved by the Aunt who has promised to care for her. Although the household is wealthy, Jane is treated almost as a servant. She must know her place. Throughout her unhappy childhood, she is often rejected, bullied and made to feel worthless.
Her adulthood is not much better. We see her blossom mentally and use all her experiences and heart-ache to build and strengthen her character. Bronte develops Jane Eyre's character extremely well in this regard. We see this lost soul develop from child to adult before our very eyes. It is easy to empathise with Jane and I am sure everyone can see a little of themselves in the stubborn child.
Her relationship with the main male character, Rochester is complicated and deep. Once again, Bronte creates a very realistic relationship. We can all relate to the confused feelings and exaggerated explanations of the small things that the person we secretly love does.
The novel paints a vivid portrait of life in nineteenth century England. The insecurities and vulnerabilities of a woman without independent means is brought to the fore. There are bleak moments and happy moments. In this way, the novel is very true to life. There is struggle, heart-break, passion, romance and a great twisting plot. Read it if you like classic literature. Read it if you like a good romance tale. You will not be disappointed.
Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom. Jane Eyre is a young girl, orphaned as a baby; both her mother and father die together from a type of fever. Jane goes to live with her cruel Aunt Reed, who only takes her in as the result of a promise to her husband on his deathbed. Mrs. Reed does not treat Jane so very well, and her son often beats and verbally abuses her. Jane grows up for many years very unhappy-an overly mature, sad, sallow and un-childlike child. Finally it is too much for Mrs. Reed. Jane is sent to Lowood Institution, a charitable, cheap and strictly kept school for clergyman's daughters. Jane attends this school for over eight years; after a couple years, the standard of living at the school is improved. Jane makes the friends of Helen Burns, and Ms. Temple, a teacher, while she is there. These two individuals greatly affect Jane's personality and character, especially related to personal philosophy, religion, and treatment of others.