JANE EYRE By Charlotte Bront CAST OF CHARACTERS J ane Eyre: orphaned as a child shes sent to live with her abusive aunt and cousins (the Reeds). Later in life, becomes a governess to Mr. Rochesters ward, Adle. Falls in love with Mr. Rochester. Opinionated, independent, and very moral. E dward Rochester: Dark and broody master of Thornfield Manor. Has one previous wife he keeps locked in the attic. Falls in love with Jane and attempts to marry her. Is disfigured and blinded by Bertha Mason. Byronic hero. B ertha Mason: Rochesters first wife via arranged marriage. She is insane and Rochester locks
her in the attic of his house. She repeatedly breaks out and tries to kill Jane and Rochester. Eventually kills herself by setting fire to Thornfield Manor. M rs. Alice Fairfax: Housekeeper of Thornfield Manor. Elderly widow. She keeps an eye on both Jane and Mr. Rochester. CAST OF CHARACTERS A dle Varens: Daughter of Rochesters French mistress. Rochester takes her in as his ward when her mother dies. Jane becomes her governess. Very excitable. B lanche Ingram: Rich socialite who tries to marry Mr. Rochester. Rochester flirts with her to make Jane jealous.
S t. John Rivers: He and his sisters take Jane in after she leaves Rochester. An extremely moral, duty-bound Christian man. In love with Rosamond Oliver, but decides to marry Jane instead because shed make a better wife for him as a missionary in India. Turns out to be Janes cousin. J ohn Eyre: Rich uncle of Jane and the Rivers siblings. Tries to adopt Jane after her parents deaths, but is stopped by the Reeds. Leaves Jane his entire fortune when he dies. H elen Burns: Janes school friend. A devout Christian. Dies of consumption at a young age. PLOT OF JANE EYRE 0secondrecap.com presents: Jane Eyre: A Plot
Summary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wavPu4r5TI MAJOR THEMES &CONFLICTS Upho lding Moral Convictions Searc hing for home and family Tryin g to be an independent woman in a male-driven world Navi gating between social/moral obligation and passion
CONTEXT O riginally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography in 1847 under the male pen name Currer Bell. B est seller in 1847. T he novel contains elements of social criticism and explores classism, sexuality, religion and feminism. C ritics consider the text to be ahead of its time because of the characterization of the female protagonist, Jane.
SYNTHESIS OF CRITICISM irkus Review, Jane: A Modern Romantic Retelling of Jane Eyre. Review published Sept. 15, 2010. Viewed Feb. 12. 2013. Web. www.kirkusreviews.com Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. SYNTHESIS OF CRITICISM K
apurch, Katie. ""'Why Can't You Love Me the Way I Am?': Fairy Tales, Girlhood, and Agency in Neo-Victorian Visions of Jane Eyre N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. T his article references Sandra Gilberts critique of Jane Eyre, who says the reason the story of Jane Eyre is so incredibly popular during the Victorian era is because of its inclusion of familiar fairy-tale structures and imagery. Kapurch suggests that Jane by April Linder continues the trend of fairy-tale inclusion by modernizing the character using current representations of girlhood, femininity, and what it means to be a heroine.
SYNTHESIS OF CRITICISM G ilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979. Print. G ilbert and Gubar use the character Bertha Mason from Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre to argue that female characters of the nineteenth century were notoriously portrayed as either the monster or the angel. They use Bertha to prove that even women authors of the Victorian period struggled with characterizing
female characters in a manner other than the monster or the angel. OTHER ADAPTATIONS Y A Novels -Naxos Young Adult Classics Jane Eyre Abridged audio version of Jane Eyre -A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont (2010) -Dark Companion by Marta Acosta (2012) YALSA Nominee in 2012 for Best Fiction for Young Adults Award
O ther Literary Adaptations - Mrs. Rochester: A Sequel to Jane Eyre by Hilary Bailey (1997) -Jane Rochester by Kimberly Bennett (2000) -Jane Eyres Daughter by Elizabeth Newark (2008) -Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin OTHER ADAPTATIONS F ilm & Television -Jane Eyre. 2006 TV version produced by the BBC. Starred Ruth Wilson as Jane, and Toby Stephens as
Mr. Rochester. -Jane Eyre. 2011 film version directed by Cary Fukunaga. Starred Mia Wasikowska as Jane, and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. 2011 film version JANE BY APRIL LINDNER P
ublished in 2010 S et in Thornfield Park T he novel tells the tale of Jane who is forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after her parents suddenly die. She takes a job as a nanny to rockstar Nico Rathburn who she falls in love with. A mystery involving the dark past of her lover Nico forces Jane to question which is more important true love or staying true to oneself. S imilar to Jane Eyre Jane is portrayed as a strong independent character. A tale of a forbidden romance and a dark mystery
ABOUT THE AUTHOR orn in North Merrick, New York egan college as an art major eaches Creative Writing, Literature and Freshman April Lindner Composition at Saint Josephs University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania urrently working on Catherine a young adult retelling of Wuthering Heights due out in the Spring
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