Jane Eyre Character List & Flashcards

Jane Eyre Character List & Flashcards
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Thornfield Hall
The large estate owned by Mr. Rochester, where Jane is hired to work as a governess
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Helen Burns
Jane's dear friend and support at Lowood, who died at a young age of typhus
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Lowood
The boarding school where Jane was sent as a child, and where she started teaching. Lowood was a dangerous place for children due to cruel conditions, poor nutrition, and rampant illness.
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Mr. Brocklehurst
The terribly mean headmaster of the boarding school that young Jane attends. He is likely modeled after the real headmaster of the school where Charlotte Bronte's siblings died of typhus.
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Gateshead
The house where Jane grew up and was mistreated by her aunt and cousins, the Reeds
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Bildungsroman
A coming-of-age story
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Jane Eyre
The protagonist of the novel Jane Eyre. She is a strong-willed, independent woman and the story tells her life from childhood, through schooling, work, travels, relationships, and marriage.
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This set of flashcards is designed to help readers review the main characters in Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre. Work with these flashcards to identify significant characters, articulate their roles in the plot of the story, and recognize important settings from Jane Eyre's life.

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Jane Eyre
The protagonist of the novel Jane Eyre. She is a strong-willed, independent woman and the story tells her life from childhood, through schooling, work, travels, relationships, and marriage.
Bildungsroman
A coming-of-age story
Gateshead
The house where Jane grew up and was mistreated by her aunt and cousins, the Reeds
Mr. Brocklehurst
The terribly mean headmaster of the boarding school that young Jane attends. He is likely modeled after the real headmaster of the school where Charlotte Bronte's siblings died of typhus.
Lowood
The boarding school where Jane was sent as a child, and where she started teaching. Lowood was a dangerous place for children due to cruel conditions, poor nutrition, and rampant illness.
Helen Burns
Jane's dear friend and support at Lowood, who died at a young age of typhus
Thornfield Hall
The large estate owned by Mr. Rochester, where Jane is hired to work as a governess
Mr. Rochester
Jane's boss and the owner of Thornfield. Mr. Rochester is a mysterious man who is frequently absent from Thornfield, and who later falls in love with Jane.
Grace Poole
A mysterious and unsettling servant who is later revealed to be the caretaker for Bertha Mason.
Bertha Mason
The hidden wife of Mr. Rochester who lives in the attic of Thornfield. Jane learns of Bertha by the appearance of Mr. Mason, and learns that she is mentally unsound and dangerous.
St. John
A kind clergyman who takes in a delirious Jane following her escape from Thornfield. He helps her find employment and proposes marriage and a missionary life to her.
Mary and Diana Rivers
St. John's kind sisters who also take Jane in and befriend her. They are all later revealed to be Jane's cousins.
Mr. Mason
The brother of Bertha Mason, who arrives and reveals to Jane Eyre on her wedding day that Mr. Rochester is already married.
Adele
Jane Eyre's pupil during her time as governess at Thornfield. Adele is a young French girl whose mother died, and who is cared for as Mr. Rochester's ward.
Mrs. Reed
Jane's cruel aunt, with whom she lived as a child. Mrs. Reed was abusive and sent Jane to Lowood, prior to a long estrangment that lasted until Mrs. Reed's deathbed.

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