Jane Eyre is the heroine of the novel by Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte. The novel is often called autobiographical, although the people and events depicted are not directly related to the author’s life. The life story of Jane Eyre is the fruit of artistic fiction, but the world of her inner experiences is certainly close to Bronte. The narrative, which comes from the heroine, is clearly lyrical in color. Although Bronte herself, unlike her heroine, who had known all the bitterness of orphanhood, grew up in a big family, surrounded by her brother and sisters – artistic and subtle natures, she, like Jane Eyre, was destined to survive all their loved ones. Bronte died at the age of 39 without knowing the pleasures of marriage and motherhood, which she so generously endowed her literary heroine with.
In Jane Eyre, we find the same inflexibility, honesty, and moral rigorism. The words of the heroine that women experience the same as men and that they have the same need to show their abilities and seek for themselves a field of activity, just like their fellow men – sounded like the author’s credo and the key to reading the novel.
Bronte and her sisters overcame the routine of their pastoral home through creativity. Jane Eyre is an orphan, who out of grace was welcomed in her aunt’s family. She sees the teaching as a matter of her life. Stressing the external lack of insight of her beloved heroine, Bronte emphasizes her extraordinary nature of her spiritual beauty. Directness, sincerity, and strength of spirit that distinguish Jane Eyre from the aristocrats presented in the novel, are noticed by Edward Rochester, in whose rich house she is accepted as the governess. In love for Mr. Rochester, the full depth of her nature is revealed. Forced to flee from his house, so as not to sin against the moral purity of their love union, Jane Eyre returns to him in the hour of severe trials, becoming his wife and friend, returning him the lost vision and faith in himself.
Another character of the novel is St. John Rivers, the evangelist who takes Jane in at Moor House. He is cold, stoical, and strictly devoted to Christianity.
Helen Burns is Jane’s friend at Lowood School. Even though she dies early, she is perhaps the fourth-most important character in the novel for her symbolic value. She upholds the extreme Christian doctrine of tolerance and forgiveness at all cost. She serves as a foil for both Mr. Brocklehurst and Jane.
Jane Eyre is the heroine of the novel by Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte. The novel is often called autobiographical, although the people and events depicted are not directly related to the author’s life. The life story of Jane Eyre is the fruit of artistic fiction, but the world of her inner experiences is certainly close to Bronte.