Character Analysis of Jane Eyre Flashcards

What does the “red room” symbolize in Jane Eyre?

The red room symbolises Jane’s suffering and punishment at the hands of the Reeds. It is a place of trauma and isolation, reflecting her position in the household and her struggle for justice.

How does Jane Eyre defy societal expectations in the novel?

Jane Eyre defies societal expectations by maintaining her independence, seeking justice, and rejecting marriage proposals that do not align with her principles.

She asserts her freedom and moral integrity throughout the novel.

Who is Helen Burns and what does she represent in Jane Eyre?

Helen Burns is Jane’s close friend at Lowood School. She represents evangelical Christianity, showing compassion and patience.

Her death highlights the suffering and illness faced by many in Victorian times.

How does Mr. Brocklehurst’s character contrast with Helen Burns in Jane Eyre?

Mr Brocklehurst represents the hypocrisy and harshness of Victorian religion, using it to control and punish.

In contrast, Helen Burns embodies a more compassionate and patient view of Christianity, offering solace to Jane.

How does Mr. Rochester change by the end of Jane Eyre?

Mr Rochester undergoes a transformation, losing his hand and sight in the fire set by Bertha. This humbling experience makes him more dependent on Jane, balancing their relationship and allowing Jane to embrace their union.

What does Bertha Mason represent in the novel Jane Eyre?

Bertha Mason represents female oppression and the lack of understanding of mental health in Victorian times. Her character is dehumanized and imprisoned, symbolising the extreme measures taken to control women.

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