Jordan Gonzalez - AP SG Jane Eyre.pdf - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront� Jane Eyre ​by Charlotte Bront� Dramatis personae Meet the characters The Reed

Jordan Gonzalez - AP SG Jane Eyre.pdf - Jane Eyre by...

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Dramatis personae - Meet the characters The Reed Household and Connections: Jayne Eyre - The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Jane is small and plain-looking. An orphan, she is raised in a foster home where she is unhappy and powerless, until, at the age of 10, she is sent away to Lowood School where she does well. Jane grows during the course of the novel into an independent woman who marries the man of her choice because she loves him. Uncle Reed - The brother of Jane’s deceased mother and Mrs. Reed’s late husband who. out of love for his dead sister and affection for Jane, made his wife promise that she would raise Jane as her own child. The young Jane believes that she feels the presence of his ghost in the house. Mrs. Sarah Reed - Jane’s widowed aunt who reluctantly raises Jane at Gateshead Hall as it was her ex-husband’s wish. Because her husband always liked Jane, Mrs. Reed pointedly spoils and favors her own children over Jane. Her cruelties to the little girl and her refusal, even on her death-bed, to reconcile with Jane mark her as a sad and bitter woman. John Reed - Mrs. Reed’s son who treats his cousin Jane with almost sadistic cruelty. He is responsible for her being locked in the terrifying Red Room which is believed to be haunted by her uncle’s ghost. He grows up to be a wild young man who drinks, gambles, falls into debt and ultimately kills himself. Eliza and Georgiana Reed - Mrs. Reed’s daughters and cousins of Jane. Georgiana is beautiful and vain and makes Jane’s early life a misery. She fails in her attempt to elope with Lord Edwin Vere when her jealous sister Eliza divulges her plans to their mother. For this, Georgiana mistakenly blames Jane. When Mrs. Reed dies, Georgiana is able to marry a man who can bring her social status, but it is a loveless union. Eliza, less attractive than her sister, becomes religious, but her understanding of Christianity is entirely without love, compassion and forgiveness. She finally becomes the Mother Superior of a convent in Lisle, France and leaves all of her money to the church. Bessie Lee - The maid at Gateshead Hall is the only person who treats Jane with love often telling her stories and singing to her. She is the first of a series of older women who become surrogate mothers to Jane. She marries the family coachman and they raise a happy family; her youngest child is called Jane. Mr. Lloyd - The Reed family’s apothecary, he takes a great interest in Jane and suggests that she be sent away to school as a way of protecting her from Mrs. Reed and her children. He makes sure that Miss Temple knows that the allegations of lying that Mrs. Reed has made against Jane are false. John Eyre - John Eyre is the uncle of Jane and of St. John, Diane and Mary Rivers, who makes a fortune as a wine merchant in Madeira. He originally intended to adopt Jane, but was told by Mrs. Reed that she had died.

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