Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Camille Cocca Kirstie Korzeniowski Leah Molineu Lexie Nelson

“Jane Eyre” is a story about the life of a woman from the days of her early childhood to her adulthood in the early 19th century. An orphan, Jane, is forced to live under the care of her aunt, who obviously detests Jane. From then on, many unfortunate events follow Jane; she is sent to a harsh boarding school, she watches her best friend die. She then becomes the tutor of the child, Adele, and meets her misfortunate father, Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Manor. Jane and Rochester fall in love, and on their wedding day, a secret about Rochester’s past is revealed that forces Jane to abandon her life at Thornfield and begin her life again. While impoverished, she meets a family that turns out to be her cousins. They find her a teaching job and after time, her cousin St. John, a missionary, proposes to her and offers Jane a life serving God. It is then that Jane hears Rochester’s voice in her head calling her name. Does Jane go back to reunite with her love or does she do what is safe and marry St. John? Charlotte Bronte’s novel delves into the theme of life, and how individual experiences change the way you view yourself and the world and how the journey of life shapes the kind of person you become.
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Why Jane Eyre?
This is a novel for the adventurers, the lovers, and the ages. Its themes transcend generations and flow seamlessly through time. It is a novel that all people can relate to; one that will pull at your heartstrings and allow you to follow a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and emotional maturing. Reading this novel allows a person to better understand how life in it’s entirety will lead to your ultimate fate, and how keeping this in mind with allow you to better understand yourself and the world around you. A novel of depth and insight, “Jane Eyre” is a survivor and a book no one should leave unread.

Charlotte Bronte.
Charlotte Bronte.

Feminist Critique:
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte depicts a romance novel, in a whole new light. Jane is an orphan raised by her despicable, unrelated aunt then by Lowood, a filthy, under budgeted school for underprivileged girls. Charlotte portrays her character as almost completely separated from male presence till she is grown. Further, Jane falls in love with the first man she becomes close with, her master. This depicts women as below men in their feelings and status. Jane gives into her emotions even after discussing how important it was not to follow these feelings. Bronte gives Jane power when she runs from him instead of giving in, after being lied to about his other wife. The fact that she inherits money from her long lost relative gives her a voice and leg up in society. When Jane does return to Rochester he is blind, poor and with only one hand: Whereas, Jane is well put together and has money. Bronte gives a voice to the women in her time period and shows the changes she would like to be made in her society through her novel.

Jane Eyre. Photograph. Theage.com.au. The Age.com.au. By Supplied. The Age, 23 Apr. 2005. Web. 7 Jan. 2011. <http://www.theage.com.au/news/Books/Reader-I-shagged-him/2005/04/21/1114028489917.html>.
Jane Eyre Cover. Photograph. Brittany Stiles. Brittany Stiles. By Brittany Stiles. Blogspot.com, 26 Nov. 2010. Web. 7 Jan. 2011. <http://brittanystiles.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html>.

Artifact 1:

James Eyre
(March 2nd,1778- April 7th,1815)

Jocelyn Eyre
(February 22nd,1787- April 20th,1815)

James and Jocelyn Eyre suffered from Typhus and passed away in their home in this month of April, 1815. Both James and Jocelyn were giving souls, and were most often found caring for their daughter Jane, or for the less fortunate. Just weeks before his death, James was working and caring for the poor. While doing so, he contracted the disease. After caring for her husband in his illness for more than a week, Mrs. Eyre contracted the disease as well. The sickness ran its course and the young couple passed away within weeks of each other, orphaning their young daughter.
Both loving parents, James a brother, Jocelyn a sister, left the world and a legacy of good deeds and kind hearted contributions. They will be missed, as there are many lives they have touched, and there are many who loved them and further appreciated their generosity and good spirits.

Jane’s parents dying so close to her birth were the beginning of a pattern of sad events that Jane experiences in her early life. The death of a parent when you are young definitely changes Jane. She is left without any real guidance, as her aunt turns out to be extremely neglectful, and felt lonely and helpless as a result. Her lack of any real family made Jane feel abandoned; she had to essentially take care of herself emotionally, as she had very few to confide in. Humans need love to survive, and Jane did not receive the love of anyone truly until later in her life.

Artifact 2:

Lonely Madness: The Effects of Solitary Confinement and Social Isolation on Mental and Emotional Health

By Carly Frintner
Paper #3 for Neurobiology and Behavior, Spring 2005
Professor Paul Grobstein
I began to research the effects of solitary confinement on prisoners' behavior while thinking about the ways in which we isolate ourselves from others, or are isolated by others in our daily lives. I cherish and am very protective of my own chosen moments of solitude, but I also know that long periods of time alone can send me into a depressive state, or make me feel like I'm going crazy. More specifically, a kind of panic sets in when I realize I'm alone with my thoughts with no one to affirm or deny the validity of what I'm thinking. When I'm by myself for too long, I start to question my own understanding of reality—of who I really am and what the world is really like. I need interactions with other people because they are such a significant part of how I understand and enjoy my life and my reason for living. All people seem to depend on varying amounts and intensities of social interaction to keep them happy, stable, and sane. This is not surprising given that human beings are social animals by nature.
Human beings are also naturally curious. Drastically reducing the amount of "normal social interaction, of reasonable mental stimulus, of exposure to the natural world, of almost everything that makes life human and bearable, is emotionally, physically, and psychologically destructive" (2) because it denies us the ability to ask questions and seek reasons and information to form explanations that allow us to understand ourselves as well as our world and our place and purpose in the world. It is logical that we feel less stable and secure overall when the things that our brain and body rely on to connect to and understand our surroundings are taken away from us.
I have sometimes gone for hours and even days with very minimal human contact. As a result, I experienced anxiety, depression, and a feeling of being disconnected from the world around me, even though I had complete freedom to go wherever I wanted. Prisoners who are isolated for prolonged periods of time have been known to experience "depression, despair, anxiety, rage, claustrophobia, hallucinations, problems with impulse control, and/or an impaired ability to think, concentrate, or remember." (2) Studies have also shown that isolation can cause "impaired vision and hearing... tinnitus [(ringing in the ears)], weakening of the immune system, amenorrhea [(absence of menstrual periods in women)], premature menopause... and aggressive behavior in prisoners, volunteers and animals." (1)
Previously healthy prisoners have "develop[ed] clinical symptoms usually associated with psychosis or severe affective disorders" (2) including "all types of psychiatric morbidity." (4) Many have committed suicide.
Though Jane is indeed not a convict, her isolation, caused by Mrs. Reed throughout her childhood, most definitely had an affect on Jane’s life. Mrs. Reed confined Jane to the Nursery out of spite and hatred toward her. By attempting to completely separate Jane from her family and the rest of her cousins, Mrs. Reed forcing Jane’s isolation undoubtedly had affects on her psyche. The feelings of solitude experienced by Jane can easily be compared to those of residents of prisons. Both are separated from society and are limited to only certain mundane activities. They do not have the emotional interaction with other people that humans, by nature, crave. As the article points out, this type of seclusion can cause a person to be in an emotional state where they hallucinate. This mirrors Jane’s experience in the Red Room where she sees a light and believes it to be the ghost of her late uncle. Jane may have seen this manifestation as a result of her loneliness; her uncle was a man that truly cared about her and seeing his serves as a symbol for her need to be loved. It is easy to make this connection to the emotional reactions of prisoners in maximum security as described in the article.

Frintner, Carly. "Lonely Madness: The Effects of Solitary Confinement and Social Isolation on Mental and Emotional Health." Serendip.brynmawr.edu. Serendip, 2005. Web. 7 Jan. 2011. <http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1898>.

Artifact 3:

Dear Mr. Brocklehurst,
I am sending you, with my deepest apologies, the child Jane Eyre. I believe Lowood is a great place for her as I personally have been unable to contain her. Her misbehavior is unacceptable and I found myself without the patience or ability to handle her. She is both rude and ill-mannered and can be a massive headache. She refuses to listen or to act civilly toward myself and my children. It is impossible to control her in this environment, so I believe the structure of the Lowood Institution would both suit her and smooth her jagged and unpleasant edges. I advise you to watch her closely as I had to do for so long as she easily manages to get herself into trouble and will do almost anything to annoy or harm others. She has been this way since she has been in my home and continues to act out while with my family. Therefore, I have no other choice but to find alternate means of getting her under control. I hope you can use your skill in child behavior management to convert this deranged wretch of a girl into a proper young woman. I wish you luck as she is as awful as she is stubborn.

My deepest regrets,
Mrs. Reed

This letter serves as an example of how no matter how hard Jane tries to escape her past; she is incapable of doing so. Mr. Brocklehurst’s first impression of Jane was the one that Mrs. Reed had given him and it followed Jane all the way to Lowood where Brocklehurst commenced to attempt to make Jane’s life as miserable as it had been at the Reed house. These constant unpleasant circumstances that Jane had to face allowed her to become a stronger, more independent person. She learned to get through these hardships and move on, despite the opposition from almost every force around her. The way she was treated, particularly by the adults in her life, shows how Jane’s circumstance truly helped shape her as a person.

Artifact 4:


I chose to make an advertisement of the Lowood Institution because Jane spent a good portion of her life here. The Lowood Institution helped shape Jane as a person, by making her stronger and more independent.

"BBC - Bradford and West Yorkshire - Around West Yorkshire - 'Reader, I Married Him'" BBC - Homepage. Sept. 2006. Web. 07 Jan. 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/content/image_galleries/jane_eyre_gallery.shtml?4>.

Santer, Diederick. "Masterpiece Theatre | Jane Eyre | Production Notes." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. Web. 07 Jan. 2011. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/janeeyre/notes.html>.

Bronteana. "Jane Eyre." Bronteana. Web. 07 Jan. 2011. http://bronteana.blogspot.com/2006_05_01_archive.html

Artifact 5:

Doctors Report:


I chose to create a doctor’s note for Jane’s friend, Helen Burns. Although other students at the school are dying from typhus, Helen contracts a different disease called Consumption. This disease is later known as Tuberculosis. Helen unfortunately dies from the disease, while Jane is lying next to her. This event is crucial to how Jane forms as a person because once again she got close to someone, and they left her. I think this situation has had an effect on Jane’s personality by making her skeptical to affection.

Schiffman, George. "Tuberculosis Causes, Symptoms, Treatment - Tuberculosis Symptoms and Signs on EMedicineHealth." 25 Aug. 2010. Web. 09 Jan. 2011. <http://www.emedicinehealth.com/tuberculosis/page3_em.htm>.

Troy. "What Does a Doctor's Report Look Like? - Yahoo! Answers." Yahoo! Answers - Home. 2009. Web. 07 Jan. 2011. <http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090311092413AAKoNdK>.

Artifact 6:

A picture of the girls at the Lowood school:
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This picture is a good example of how Jane’s time at the Lowood institution helped to shape her as a person. Since the girls had to live in conformity with what Mr. Brocklehurst wanted. The girls all had to look the same and where the same clothes. Due to this, Jane Eyre lived a simplistic life style. She was not brought up with lavish things or money, especially at the school, she took whatever she could get. At the school, all girls were stripped of their individuality, and if any of them were to resist any request they would be punished.

Seahorse, Painted. "Jane Eyre the Child: Breaking the Rules." HubPages. Web. 09 Jan. 2011. <http://hubpages.com/hub/Jane-Eyre-the-Child-Breaking-the-Rules>.

Artifact 7:

What is bi-polar disorder?:
Usually, persons who experience a manic, hypomanic or mixed episode, virtually all have a history of one or more major depressive episodes and are usually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Individuals who experience manic and major depressive episodes are diagnosed with bipolar I disorder and those individuals with major depressive disorder and hypomanic episodes (milder form of mania) are diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
Most of the research regarding bipolar disorder has usually focused on the more severe form of bipolar I disorder. Most of the information referred to in this series of articles will focus on bipolar I disorder unless it is otherwise noted. The most recent form of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (which is used for diagnosing mental illness by clinicians), the DSM- IV was the first version of the DSM to include a specific category for Bipolar II disorder.

Genetic factors as the cause of bipolar disorder:
There are many experts that believe the cause of bipolar disorder is related to biological predisposition. Findings from family pedigree studies have provided some support for this idea. It has been found that identical twins of persons with bipolar disorder have a 40% likelihood of also developing this disorder and fraternal twins, siblings and other close relatives of such persons have a 5% to 10% likelihood, compared with the usual 1% prevalence rate in the general population.
Researchers into the cause of bipolar disorder have also conducted genetic linkage studies in order to identify possible patterns related to the inheritance of this disorder. These studies usually select large families that have high rates of disorder over several generations and observe the distribution patterns of disorder among family members, and try to figure out whether it closely follows the distribution pattern of a known genetically transmitted family trait (called a genetic marker ) such as red hair, color blindness or a particular medical condition.
Researchers into the cause of bipolar disorder have studied the records of Belgium, Israeli and Italian families that have high rates of bipolar disorder across several generations. One team of researchers have seemed to link bipolar disorder to genes on the X-chromosome. Other research teams however, later using techniques from molecular biology to examine genetic patterns of large families, stated that they link bipolar disorder to genes on chromosome's 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18 and 22. Such diversity of results may mean that the logic behind the various gene studies is flawed. Alternatively, other researchers have concluded that the cause of bipolar disorders may be related to genetic abnormalities that combine to bring about this condition.

This article is relevant to helping Jane become the person she is in many ways. In the novel they discuss how Bertha Mason’s mother is also crazy, not only does this article explain her condition but the hereditary nature of it. If Mr. Rochester would have known her more was crazy before the marriage, he never would have gone through with it. If he didn’t marry Bertha none of the disasters at the Thorn field would have occurred. Jane also wouldn’t have been lied to and lead to think Grace Poole was crazy, not simply Bertha’s nurse.

“Bi-polar Disorder”. First, Michael and Tasman, Allen. Web. St. Louis Psychologists and Counseling Information and Referral: May 12, 2008. http://www.psychtreatment.com/bipolar_disorder_typeI_and_type_II.htm. January 9, 2011.

Artifact 8:


These pictures of a children’s book in the early 1800’s portray Adele’s influence on Jane’s life. If Jane had never applied for a job as a teacher she would never have come to the Thornfield manor. Adele is the reason she meets Mr. Rochester and the reason she leaves Lowood. Although, Charlotte Bronte tries to make Adele seem unimportant by writing all of her speech in French, Adele was very important. She also kept Jane sane in the absence of Mr. Rochester by giving her a distraction in caring for her.
Saywer, Rebecca. Web. Scraps of time: October 29, 2009. http://scrapsoftime.typepad.com/scraps_of_time/2009/10/past-pages-ephemera-altered-book-doneyeah.html. January 9, 2011

Artifact 9:

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This is an example of what Jane and Rochester’s wedding certificate might have looked like if they had been married on their first attempt. This affects Jane’s life in numerous ways. To begin, the warning says it is a federal offense to falsify the information on a marriage certificate. If they had been married it would not have been legal since Rochester was still married to Bertha; he was only married to her because it was illegal to divorce your wife if she was insane during this time period. Also, it depicts how this day flips her life upside down and forces her to abandon he true love for over a year. If she had stayed with Rochester then, she may have died in the fire. She could have also been attacked by Bertha during one of the times she escapes.

Web. Hudsonsonline: January 9, 2011. http://hudsonsonline.org/. January 9, 2011.

Artifact 10:

Missionary Efforts In India
The missionary impulse was so great that during a recess of the Triennial Convention, the English Catholic Home Mission was organized. The Triennial Convention was favorable to the new mission work for the Triennial Convention wanted to focus its efforts in India. The ECHM focused on Home missions.
One such missionary with the newly organized English Catholic Home Mission was St. John Rivers. He primarily worked in Kerala. The following describes his view of mission work, the sacrifice it required in the “thinly settled regions,” and his good news that was brought upon him while on his tour.
St. John: “A Missionary must be possessed of a good share of patience and fortitude . . . . I have recently made a tour within India in a thinly settled region, – where in 16 days, I preached 27 times. Sometimes I would ride 8 or 10 miles and meet about a dozen hearers, who in general seemed to be thirsting for the waters of life . . . . The cause of Missions within the range of my travels is not flattering. I have not been able to do much in the field for some time back. The Cholera, that dreadful scourge, has visited India; many towns have been almost evacuated. It was found necessary to suspend our preaching, except twice on Saturday and Sabbath . . . . Under these circumstances, the poor missionary must wear out his clothes, his horse and saddle, his body, lungs, and voice, and spend his whole living, and get no help from those who pretend to love him so well. Throughout this heart wrenching tour I have been on, I have been fortunate enough to have met some beautiful individuals in the region. One of which I have proposed to be a missionary’s wife of my own. While preaching to a nearby village on my fourth day of the tour, I met Jaabili Kalluri, and it was love at first sight for us both. We are to get married within this next month here in Kerala, and it’s safe to say my stay here in India will become permanent as a missionary alongside my soon-to-be wife. ”

Following the recurring theme of how life experiences change one’s life, the people in Jane’s life had an impact on her character as well. This interview is an appropriate genre representing one individual who pushed Jane to make a tough decision that would only benefit himself if she went along with his proposal. Choosing not to satisfy St. John’s needs, Jane made her first decision that did not please someone by denying John’s offer. Although it displeased Jane to upset her cousin because she had never hurt someone before, this decision leads her to Rochester in the end. Ultimately, Jane’s denial of St. John’s proposal to follow him and be a missionary’s wife in India leads her to her true love and contentment in her life.

"Baptist Organization and Growth in the 1800s | Free Sunday School Lessons." FREE Sunday School Lessons. 2008. Web. 06 Jan. 2011. <http://www.freesundayschoollessons.org/historical-theology/baptist-organization-and-growth-in-the-1800s/>.

Artifact 11:

Photo : Righton
Photo : Righton

A house may just be a pile of bricks or simply a roof over your head to someone, but in the novel Jane Eyre, homes signified change. The recurring theme of how life experiences change one’s life was illuminated in this novel. The main life experiences Jane endured through that changed her most all happened in different, significant houses and institutions. While living in her aunt’s house, she became a braver, stronger child. After attending the Lowood Institution, Jane became an intelligent, independent young woman and it leads her into the field of teaching. This institution then leads her to Thornfield Hall where she became a governess and fell in love with Mr. Rochester. The Rivers’ house was her next destination in the novel where she met her cousins and was proposed to by St. John Rivers. Although she thought she would never see Rochester again, at the end of the novel she knew she had to go in search of her true love. After having this revelation, she finds herself at Rochester’s manor-house on a farm in Ferndean. The above photograph is of a manor-house on a farm in the 1800s located in England. Being the final “home” of the novel Jane finds herself living in, it is the most significant of them all in that it tied together the transformation she was going through during the entire novel. The manor-house signifies her transformation into a woman who finally did what she wanted and what she felt right. Throughout the novel, Jane never thought of herself or what would be best for her. Instead, she worried about everyone else in her life and only wanted to please them in whatever way possible. By going to Rochester’s manor-house, she made her own decision and followed her heart; something she had not been doing up until that point. This decision made her the happiest she had ever been and she finally had a feeling of contentment she has never felt before as well. Whether we realize it or not, houses are what change us as individuals and build us to be the people we become in the end. Ultimately, the houses in Jane Eyre’s life built her to be a stronger, independent woman.

Lord of the Manor. Photograph. London. East Garston. 2006. Web. 07 Jan. 2010. http://www.east-garston.com/site-content/history/early-history/early-history.htm.

Artifact 12:

Thornfield Hall Burned To Ashes
Who did it? What’s to come for the residents and the estate?



Held Responsible For The Destruction And Injuries Of The Residents Due To The Fire


Special to The Graphic
London, England May 22,1847

According to inside sources, there have been eerie occurrences afoot in Edward Rochester’s household. At 2:30 this morning the head house, known as the Thornfield house, near town was set afire and $15,000 damage done to his estate. Members of the London Bobbies and the Constabulary forces were sent from this city by Adit. Gen. Sir Robert Peel, but when darkness fell no arrest had been made.

The Thornfield household was evacuated by Rochester himself. Awaking to a burning smell from within his home, Mr. Rochester immediately fled to the upper level of his house where his servants slept. Although he was able to reach all of his workers, Rochester still had to search for his wife, Bertha Mason. Found atop of the estate, Bertha stood on the edge of the roof; and, before Rochester could reach her, she threw herself off the roof. Fortunately the rest of the house’s occupants were led to safety. This fire was not an accident and the truth has been revealed. The fire matched the other incidents over the past week. We have been informed that Mr. Rochester’s wife was diagnosed with insanity and had been creating problems with violent outbursts. Bertha was kept in the upper level of the house and never associated with other residents. Grace Poole was hired to watch over the insane Bertha Mason; she has to make sure she never left the upper level and cause any discrepancies. “There have been nights in the past when I’ve needed to unwind from the day’s craziness and I do so by drinking just a drop or two of alcohol. Normally after even such a small dose, I’m out for the night,” confesses Grace Poole. According to Poole, on these nights, Bertha would take the keys out of Poole’s pocket and let herself out of her chamber to then roam around the house. Over the past week, there were two incidents of violence occurring at night. The first in which happened to Mr. Rochester late one night when he awoke to a former resident extinguishing the fire that had been set on his bed. The next incident occurred not long after this night when Mr. Mason, Bertha’s brother, had visited and that night she attacked him. Mr. Mason needed medical assistance after the attack. Now, a week after these occurrences, the entire Thornfield estate has been burned to the ground… this is not just a simple coincidence.

There have been multiple servants that have made confessions to the police on the job dealing with who committed this crime. Unsurprisingly, they all said that the morning of the fire, Bertha’s room was empty; and, it was so early they knew no one else would have been up at that time. With all the confessions that point to Mason and her suicide during the fire, it has been finalized that Bertha Mason was the one responsible for the fire this morning at the Thornfield estate.

What’s to come?

After this tragic incident at Thornfield, Mr. Rochester still did not want to leave England. Instead, he went to Ferndean where he owns a manor-house on a farm. Blind and left with an amputated hand, Mr. Rochester will be staying here for a long period of time to recover and return to his feet; he is being watched over by close friends that are taking care of him for the time being. As for the rest of the servants, most were not seriously injured and they are all in search of new jobs. The Thornfield estate will not be repaired; the grounds will be auctioned off within the next month.

Towards the end of the novel, the readers find out about a devastating fire that took place at Thornfield Hall. Rochester’s home was burned to the ground by his insane wife, Bertha Mason. This newspaper article was an appropriate genre for presenting the recurring theme of how life experiences change one’s life. In this specific case, this fire changed both Rochester and Jane. As for Rochester, he became a more giving thoughtful person in that he saved everyone in the house before he even began to think about how to get his own self safely out of the house. This decision leads to him being blind and having a hand amputated after falling with the collapsing house thus permanently changing Rochester as a person. When Jane heard about the fire, it fueled her newly changed qualities in herself in that she choose to follow her heart and do what she wanted. Ultimately, the fire lead Rochester and Jane back into each other’s lives and permanently changes them as individuals.

"Matewan Firebugs Burn Mine House." ~About My Kentucky Roots~. 2008. Web. 05 Jan. 2011. <http://www.jeanhounshellpeppers.com/Matewan_Firebugs_Burn_Mine_House.htm>.

Learning Logs & Literary Portfolios

Leah Molineu

Brainstormed ideas:
An advertisement of the Lowood institution
A doctor’s report about the typhus disease
School schedule
A picture of Jane at school
A video of Jane at the school

Diary Entry

Dear Diary,
My life has been filled with traumatic events ever since the death of my parents. I feel as if there is no good in this world as there is one bad thing after another. The past few months i have been , for the most part, happy at Thornfield. Mr. Rochester was winning over my heart and we were to be married today, but instead I got some devastating news. He is already married to Bertha Mason, who he keeps locked up in a hidden room in his house. How could he hide such a big thing? Just as I was beginning to gain a little bit of hope, it is ruined and my heart is broken. I am not quite sure how I feel about this. I am troubled by this situation. I don’t want to give up my only chance to be happy, but how could I be married to someone to someone who is already bound to someone else. I am thinking about leaving Thornfield, even though Mr. Rochester has asked me to stay. I know I have no money and no where to go, but I must get away. I would rather be on the streets then living under the same roof as the man I love and his wife. I knew that my new found happiness would no last long, for maybe I just don’t deserve to be happy, if I was then my life would be going in a better direction... goodbye for now, for I am unsure of the next chance I will get to write.
Love always,
Jane Eyre
I chose to write a diary entry to express Jane’s feeling on a particular incident. I chose to write the diary entry a few hours after discovering that Mr. Rochester, her soon to be husband, was already married to an insane woman. Jane’s life has been filled with many upsetting events through out her life, always struggling to find happiness. Once she believes that she has found it, it is quickly taken away by this information. She is now troubled with the decision of leaving, with no place to go, or staying with a man she can not trust. I thought this one event was important in Jane’s life because it was a turning point in the book. If this event didn’t happen Jane wouldn’t have traveled away from Thornfield. If she never left she wouldn’t have found family that is revealed to her in the later chapters of the book. She would have gone through the rest of her life feeling empty inside.



I made a pamphlet for a place that Jane might have visited. I chose Paris, France as her location because she seemed to have an interest in French. When she was at the Lowood school she studied and learned a bit of French. Later in life she taught a girl name Adele, who was from France herself. Jane and Adele often conversed in the French language. I also thought it was a good idea to choose Paris as the location because it is one of the few places in the world where you could find romance, one of the things Jane was searching for through out the book. Also, Paris is known for its many world-class art galleries. I thought Jane would be interested in visiting those because she seems to have an interest and a talent for art. Through out the book Jane also seemed to notice and talk about the scenery where she was. Paris has a lot of beautiful gardens and parks that Jane could spend time at.

Explanation of Theme

Love is a common theme that is represented in a majority of literary pieces. Although love can be portrayed in many different ways, Charlotte Bronte expresses the desire to be loved in many of her novels and/or poems. This theme is represented in her novel "Jane Eyre". In the novel Jane is a girl desperate for someone to love her. Starting in the beginning of the book, her own family disliked her. Mrs. Reed, her aunt by marriage, treated Jane as if she wasn't even a child and gave her harsh punishments that she didn't deserve. Then without the blink of an eye Mrs. Reed sent her away to a school for girls. At this point in her life Jane felt very unwanted and alone. While at school Jane befriended a girl named Helen Burns. The two girls became very close throughout her first few months at the Lowood School. Jane finally had someone to talk to and someone who would actually care for her, despite their difference in age. "To gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken" (chapter 8) this quote from the novel “Jane Eyre". Represents how desperate Jane is for love because she is willing to do anything in order to be loved by someone. Helen died soon after and Jane was left yet again to care for herself. When Jane is older she has feelings for Mr. Rochester, a man whom she worked for. When he confesses his feelings to Jane she was unable to handle it, although she longed for the love of someone, she wasn't sure how to respond.
Charlotte Bronte continued the same theme of desiring love in her poem " Passion". The second stanza of the poem clearly represents the theme. " could the battle-struggle earn, one kind glance from thine eye" this statement is a good representation of the theme because the speaker is so desperate for any sign of love that she would be willing to fight for the slightest bit of love she could get. “Could I deem that thou wouldst weep, To hear my perils told". This statement also represents the theme because the speaker is attempting to express her feelings toward who she is speaking to, but she knows that she won't get anything in return. Throughout the rest of the poem, the speaker relates her quest for love to a war. "If, hot from war, I seek thy love, darest thou turn aside?" The speaker implies that she feels that even if she fought for him, for his love, he wouldn't care. Even though she is willing to do anything for him, he would just turn his back to her and ignore her

Lexie Nelson

Obituary of her parents
Photo/painting of the Red Room
Video of Jane in the Red Room
Diary entry of Mrs. Reed
Article of Psychological Effects of Solitude
Letter from Mrs. Reed to Brocklehurst
Letter from Jane to Mrs. Reed

Artifact 1- Obituary
I chose the obituary because it best explains how Jane’s life begins; sad. This starting point marks many sad events to come in her life.

Artifact 2- Psychological Effects of Solitude Article
The article summarizes the psychological effects of Jane’s Life and the Reed’s. The solitude that was forced on her was a major factor in the book and the article is comparable to that.

Artifact 3- Letter from Mrs. Reed to Brocklehurst
This letter was a huge symbol of how Jane’s past followed her, which was a crucial part in what had changed her as a person through the novel.

Comparison of Regret and “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
“Farewell, dark and rolling deep! Farewell, foreign shore! Open, in unclouded sweep. Thou glorious realm before!” Charlotte Bronte has a reoccurring theme of life, and the journeys that a person takes. She puts emphasis on what people learn about themselves based on their pasts and their life experiences. Jane in “Jane Eyre” most definitely fits this theme. You see her from her darkest days in childhood to falling in love and how she discovers within herself that following your heart isn’t weakness, but passion. Her life is what makes her who she is in the end; everything she’s gone through allows her to learn more about herself. Regret can also reflect these themes. “In other years, its silent rooms. Were filled with haunting fears; Now, their very memory comes. O'ercharged with tender tears.” By saying the ‘memory comes with tender tears’ Bronte means to illustrate how a past, and one’s experiences can come back to mean something to you in the future. In the novel, Jane’s self discovery is the central plot to the story. By suffering hardship and lost hope she learns about how to be strong and to know that following your passion and your heart is what leads to your ultimate happiness. Jane is faced with a choice near the end of the novel, on that will change completely the course of her life. The decision to return to Rochester reflects what she has learned while she’s had to fend for herself; that being strong and making the right decision means doing what you think will make you happy no matter how vulnerable you become. Regret is more about how bad choices can affect your life, but Jane can also speak of that. When she left Thornfield she was more concerned with being safe, smart, and guarded, but she learns that isn’t what her life is about. “Farewell, dark and rolling deep! Farewell, foreign shore! Open, in unclouded sweep, Thou glorious realm before!” This portion of the poem directly mirrors Jane’s epiphany that she experiences before deciding to return to Thornfield. It also shows how one’s journey in life can lead to one decision that a person makes based on all the events and lessons they have learned up to that point in their lives. The poem and the novel tie together in that they both explain what a past means to any one person’s life. They are about how everything in your past with indefinitely have huge impact on you and your future.

Regret by Charlotte Bronte
Long ago I wished to leave
"The house where I was born;"
Long ago I used to grieve,
My home seemed so forlorn.
In other years, its silent rooms
Were filled with haunting fears;
Now, their very memory comes
O'ercharged with tender tears.

Life and marriage I have known.
Things once deemed so bright;
Now, how utterly is flown
Every ray of light!
'Mid the unknown sea, of life
I no blest isle have found;
At last, through all its wild wave's strife,
My bark is homeward bound.

Farewell, dark and rolling deep!
Farewell, foreign shore!
Open, in unclouded sweep,
Thou glorious realm before!
Yet, though I had safely pass'd
That weary, vexed main,
One loved voice, through surge and blast
Could call me back again.

Though the soul's bright morning rose
O'er Paradise for me,
William! even from Heaven's repose
I'd turn, invoked by thee!
Storm nor surge should e'er arrest
My soul, exalting then:
All my heaven was once thy breast,
Would it were mine again!

Connection to Image

This graphic seems to demonstrate a blooming or burst of inspiration. It can also be interpreted to display an inspiration that stems from any persons childhood, or even just their past as a broad stretch of time. Either way, both of these elucidations can explain Jane and the theme of the novel. The contrast in color of the image can also be representative of Jane’s past and her present or future at the end of the novel. The darkness of her childhood, represented by the dark background and silhouette, seem to be the source of a colorful bright future, shown by the explosion of color from the child’s hand. Jane suffers much turmoil in her life; from the death of her parents to her ill treatment by Mrs. Reed, to the horrors of boarding school, her unfortunate wedding day and being in poverty. But after it all she realizes that she has found herself and that she can follow her heart and finds her way back to Rochester. The theme of this novel is about how Jane’s life; past, present and future, has made her who she is and allowed her to make choices that ultimately led to her happiness. This graphic is representative of both Jane as a person and the purpose of her story.

Diary Entry
Dear Diary,
Somehow, things changed. I don’t know how it happened but I was seriously considering marrying St. John. It seemed right after I thought about it, it made sense. As far as being responsible, it was a match for him and I. It was right with God and after we were married, we would be servants of the Lord, traveling the world on a journey of his bidding. I would go from teacher to missionary, both honorable occupations in His eyes as I saw it. It was exactly what I needed, as I have been seeking forgiveness since…well it’s been a year now of being honest and true, it’s been a year since I left him. And just as I was thinking about accepting St. John’s offer that thought occurred to me. Rochester. And though I have spent much time thinking of him, for some reason this time was different. I thought for sure I could hear his voice in my head saying my name. It was startling. I almost just back in disbelief but somehow I knew that I had to go back. In that moment I figured out that for my entire life I was always doing what was smart; what made sense. I have always been so afraid. It was what has kept me from what will make me happy. I have been guarded, keeping myself safe because every time something good seemed so close, it always went away, I always lost it somehow. I had trained myself to run from it, I never wanted my heart broken; I never wanted to take a risk. But what if this was my chance, I could go back, I could find Rochester, I could make it right. I knew in that that was what I had to do. For once, I knew that it didn’t make sense at all, it was almost stupid even, but what if the one chance I took, if I followed my heart for once, then maybe I would…well I don’t know what I would do or what would happen but I have to try. I am writing this from the coach that is taking me back to Thornfield. I have no idea what is in store for me but my heart is guiding me for once. I never knew that being away for so long would change me like this. I never knew that I would go back...

Jane Eyre

Kirstie Korzeniowski

The actual floor plans are in your room so I couldn’t scan and upload them.
I decided to create the Thornfield home as I envisioned it from the descriptions throughout the novel. It helped me envision different scenes and have a better understanding of what was going on. Obviously, Bronte wouldn’t envision the manor the same way I would, but the essentials to the story are all present. For example, Jane’s room is between Mrs. Fairfield’s and Mr. Rochester room. Jane’s room is also in clear view of the 3rd story staircase. Further, the hidden room on the 3rd floor is shown. I am a very visual learner, in drawing or seeing what I am being taught it helps me comprehend easier.

Stetson theatre arts photo gallery. Ken McCoy. August 16, 2010. web. Stetson. http://www2.stetson.edu/csata/foto_idx.html

This portrait clearly depicts the main conflict on the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane feels much like the girl in the background of this photo. The girl is dressed plainly in a black dress, her hair simply lies natural and she receives no attention. The girl in the photo watches intently and longingly at the man, clearly depicting her feelings toward him. Jane often sat just as this girl, every night, wishing she was the one whom Mr. Rochester was “courting”, not Miss Ingram. The woman in the photo is in an extravagant red dress, expensive accessories and hair done nicely, likewise, the man is in a suit, with his hair clean cut and face shaven. Neither appears happy. The woman looks angry, as though no matter what he does to try and impress her, it simply is not enough. He, although trying to do everything thing he can to impress the woman, is distracted. It seems that he would rather be with someone else, perhaps is being pressured to be with her. The man is very much like Mr. Rochester; he loves Jane, but is pressured by society to marry in his social class. Even though he begs of Jane to be present every night at the “parties” when everyone is staying in the home, he pays no attention to her. He is focused on gaining a connection with Miss Ingram. They may come off as the perfect couple on the surface, but Miss Ingram has feelings very similar to Mr. Rochester, in being pressured. This could explain the anger or frustration the woman in the picture seems to have for the man

March 13, 1832
Dear Diary,
I tried to dismiss my feelings, I truly did. Why must I care for him so? I tell myself Mr. Rochester is simply my employer, the way in which I afford a living. But then, why does he speak to me in a fashion only suited for someone whom you are fond of? I ask so many question of me, when I should simply disregard these ridiculous inquiries. He could not possibly care for a retched orphan as me. Further, he is engaged fully in his Miss Ingram. She is much more worthy, talented, wealthy, beautiful and profound. But then why does he not look unto her as he would look upon me? Why does he inquire of my feelings? Concerned so deeply about my color? Take notice to my longing and inner disturbances? And I return to the enquiries. For what? It is not possibly so, that even if my thoughts not be absurd, the nuptial of a poor useless child and an accomplished, well-loved man could ever be. But, I inquire one final time… “my” what? He leaves on a cliff hanger, with regret. I wish that he would conclude his goodbye. “Good-night, my…” His worker? Acquaintance? Friend? Companion? ...Could it be as implausible as love? He cares so deeply for the joy of my being. Does that not insinuate a care for me? A deeper attention than merely his worker, but how doubtful does this mean his love. Oh! How I could write for days of my confusion. But Mrs. Fairfax will call for tea soon, therefore, I must depart.
Yours Truly,

Jane Eyre
The letter above is written as a journal entry Jane could have written after the conversation between her and Mr. Rochester on pages 169 and 170.

Camille Cocca

Artifact #1- Newspaper Article

I used this website for the outline of a newspaper article so that I could create my own article about the fire that occurs in the novel. This article was about a fire as well, so I changed some words around and then typed my own story of the Thornfield fire from the novel in place of the story that was already in this outline.

Artifact #2- Interview with St. John

I used this website for the outline of an interview taken of a missionary in the 1800s and I changed some words to fit St. John’s story of the missionary he could have been a part of in the novel.

Artifact #3- Photo of a manor-house

I used this photograph to explain the significance of houses throughout the novel. This photograph was of a manor-house on a farm in England and it signifies the manor-house at the end of the novel Jane lives in with Rochester.