AP Lit Jane Eyre long form

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Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë London, England, 1847 Summary
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Jane Eyre lives the first 10 years of her life as an oppressed, misunderstood orphan housed by her aunt against her will. Jane's relationship with the Reeds, her guardian family, is nothing short of abusive, both physically and emotionally. But after a frightening encounter with night terrors, Jane goes off to Lowood Orphan Asylum, a charity school, where she makes her first friend and experiences her first loss when that friend dies of tuberculosis. After six years as a student, she becomes a teacher and teaches at Lowood for two years. She starts to learn how to be self-sufficient when she pursues other employment on her own. She accepts a job as a governess at Thornfield to a little French girl, Adèle. She doesn't meet her master, Mr. Edward Rochester, for the first two weeks of her employment. Despite their difference in social class, Jane and Mr. Rochester soon fall in love and make plans to wed. However, the wedding is stopped when it is revealed that Mr. Rochester already has a wife, stowed away in the Thornfield mansion because of a type of insanity that runs in her family. After discovering his current marital status, Jane takes off, not wanting to remain Mr. Rochester's mistress. On her journey, Jane becomes a schoolmistress in the town of Morton and later inherits 20,000 pounds from her father's brother. When she learns her friends, the Rivers, are actually her cousins, she shares the inheritance and resides in their house. After Jane rejects a marriage proposal from St. John Rivers, she returns to Thornfield to find out if Mr. Rochester is well. Thornfield, however, is no more, burned to the ground by Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester's wife, who died in the fire. Jane finally learns that Mr. Rochester, crippled and blinded trying to save his servants from the fire, has retired to another estate, Ferndean, and she goes there. Once Mr. Rochester believes it is, indeed, Jane and not a figment of his imagination, they finally marry.
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Author and her times Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816, in Thornton, England to Maria Branwell and Reverend Patrick Brontë. She had five other siblings, four of which eventually died of tuberculosis. Charlotte's mother, Maria, died when Charlotte was five years old, and Maria's sister, Elizabeth, moved in to help raise her nieces and nephews. Much like her character, Jane, Charlotte attended Miss Wooler's school at Roe Head as a student and later became a teacher there. She taught there for three years, during which she wrote to the British poet laureate for his opinion on her poetry. He discouraged Charlotte and claimed women had no business in literature. After she resigned from Roe Head, she worked as a governess for two years. Charlotte and Emily then traveled to Brussels and studied at Pensionnat Héger. Although interrupted by their Aunt Elizabeth's death, they studied French and German Romantic literature. During her second year there, Charlotte became very emotionally
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This note was uploaded on 10/31/2010 for the course ENG 205 taught by Professor Cather during the Fall '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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