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Jane Eyre

Written by Charlotte Brontë in 1847

Jane Eyre

I am Jane Eyre, a woman who has walked a challenging and transformative path. From a young age, I faced adversity and uncertainty, yet I remained resilient. With a steadfast spirit and an insatiable curiosity, I defied the limitations imposed upon me by society. My journey toward self-discovery has been marked by love, loss, and a relentless pursuit of truth. In the face of countless obstacles, I have found strength and courage, refusing to be confined by the expectations of others. My story is one of resilience, empowerment, and the unwavering belief in the power of individuality.

Edward Rochester

I am Edward Rochester, a complex and enigmatic character woven into the fabric of the story. With a brooding presence and mysterious past, I am a man haunted by my own secrets. Despite my aloof demeanor, I possess a tender heart that yearns for connection and companionship. Through the trials and tribulations of my life, I have learned the value of honesty and redemption. As I navigate the tumultuous path of love and self-discovery, I am forced to confront the consequences of my past actions and find solace in the possibility of redemption.

St John Rivers

I am St. John Rivers, a driven and ambitious character who enters Jane Eyre’s life as a catalyst for change. With an unwavering dedication to my calling as a missionary, I epitomize discipline and self-sacrifice. My initial proposal to Jane reflects a desire for a practical and purpose-driven partnership, devoid of passion. However, through my interactions with Jane, I learn the importance of emotional connection and the complexities of love. In my struggle between duty and desire, I embody the conflict between reason and the heart.

Aunt Reed

I am Mrs. Reed, a formidable character whose presence casts a shadow over Jane Eyre’s life. As Jane’s aunt and guardian, I harbor resentment and bitterness towards her. Blinded by my own prejudices, I fail to recognize the potential for compassion and understanding. My strict and oppressive upbringing of Jane reflects my own insecurities and fear of the unknown. Yet, beneath my harsh exterior, there lies a vulnerable woman grappling with regret and the consequences of my actions.

Bessie Lee

I am Bessie Lee, a humble servant whose presence in “Jane Eyre” brings comfort and solace to young Jane. With a warm and nurturing spirit, I offer kindness and compassion to Jane during her difficult years at Gateshead Hall. In the midst of the harsh environment she endures, I become a source of support and affection, a reassuring presence in her life. Through our interactions, I impart valuable lessons of resilience and the power of finding solace amidst adversity. 

Helen Burns

I am Helen Burns, a gentle and wise soul who befriends Jane Eyre during our time at Lowood School. Despite enduring hardships and mistreatment, I possess an unwavering faith and inner strength. Through my words and actions, I inspire Jane to find solace in kindness and forgiveness. My unwavering belief in the power of love and empathy serves as a guiding light amidst the darkness. Though my time in the story may be brief, my influence on Jane’s journey is profound and everlasting.

Georgiana Reed

I am Georgiana Reed, another of Jane Eyre’s cousins. Like my sister Eliza, I have been raised in a world of wealth and privilege. My character is characterized by vanity and a desire for admiration. Despite our shared bloodline, I maintain a distance from Jane, displaying a lack of empathy and understanding. Through my character, the superficiality of societal expectations and the consequences of prioritizing appearance over substance are examined.

John Reed

I am John Reed, Jane Eyre’s cousin and the son of Mrs. Reed. From a young age, I am portrayed as a bully and a troublemaker. My character embodies the negative influence of unchecked privilege and indulgence. I torment Jane and make her early life at Gateshead Hall miserable. However, my actions also serve as a catalyst for Jane’s resilience and determination to rise above adversity. Through my character, the themes of oppression, cruelty, and the power of personal growth are explored.

Eliza Reed

I am Eliza Reed, one of Jane Eyre’s cousins. As the older of Mrs. Reed’s children, I embody a sense of entitlement and pride. Growing up in a wealthy household, I have been accustomed to privilege and social status. However, my character also carries a deep resentment towards Jane, perceiving her as a threat to my position. Through my interactions with Jane, the complexities of sibling rivalry and the impact of jealousy on relationships are explored.

Mr Brocklehurst

I am Mr Brocklehurst, a stern and rigid character with considerable influence over Jane Eyre’s early years. As the headmaster of Lowood School, I embody strict religious principles and the harsh realities of a disciplined upbringing. My commitment to austerity and self-denial serves as a stark contrast to the warmth and compassion Jane craves. My character represents the oppressive nature of certain institutions and the need for individuals to challenge and question authority in order to find their own path.

Maria Temple

As the superintendent of Lowood School, I become a significant figure in Jane’s life during her time there. With my gentle demeanor and genuine care for the students, I provide a much-needed refuge from the harsh conditions of the school. Through my guidance and support, I foster a sense of belonging and instill in Jane a belief in her own worth. My character represents the power of nurturing educators and the transformative impact they can have on a young person’s life. I serve as a beacon of hope and encouragement, reminding Jane that she is capable of overcoming any obstacles that come her way.

Miss Scatcherd

As a teacher, I embody a harsh and uncompromising approach to education. My stern demeanor and sharp criticism leave little room for kindness or empathy. I am known for publicly humiliating students and enforcing strict discipline. My character represents the oppressive nature of certain educational systems and the detrimental effects they can have on young minds. Though my methods may be harsh, they serve as a stark contrast to the nurturing and compassionate influences in Jane’s life, highlighting the importance of empathy and understanding in fostering personal growth.


Confined within the attic of Thornfield Hall, I am a character shrouded in mystery and tragedy. As the first wife of Mr. Rochester, I represent the consequences of hidden secrets and societal prejudices. My descent into madness is a result of the repressive constraints imposed upon me as a woman of mixed heritage. In my moments of lucidity, I become a symbol of suppressed desires and the price one pays for denying their true self. My character serves as a stark reminder of the destructive power of societal prejudice and the consequences of denying one’s own authenticity.

Grace Poole

Employed as a servant at Thornfield Hall, I possess an air of secrecy and ambiguity. My presence in the story raises questions and fuels speculation. While my role initially appears ordinary, I harbour a hidden truth that ultimately unravels as the story progresses. As the caretaker of Bertha Mason, I am entrusted with a significant responsibility that comes with its own set of challenges. My character represents the complexities of loyalty and the weight of carrying secrets. In the shadows of Thornfield Hall, I embody a sense of intrigue and add depth to the unfolding narrative.

Adèle Varens

I am Adèle Varens, a lively and spirited character in “Jane Eyre.” As the young ward of Mr. Rochester, I bring a touch of youthful energy and innocence to Thornfield Hall. Hailing from France, I add an element of cultural diversity to the story. Despite the language and cultural barriers, I form a special bond with Jane Eyre, who becomes a guiding figure in my life. Through our interactions, the novel explores themes of companionship, nurturing, and the transformative power of love. As a character, I represent the importance of fostering connections across differences and the resilience of the human spirit.

Mr. Briggs

As a lawyer and representative of Mr. Mason, I play a crucial role in uncovering the truth behind Mr. Rochester’s secret marriage to Bertha Mason. With a steadfast dedication to upholding the law, I work diligently to protect my client’s interests and ensure that justice is served. My character embodies principles of honesty, fairness, and the pursuit of truth. Through my involvement, the complex web of secrets surrounding Thornfield Hall is gradually unravelled, shedding light on the tangled relationships and hidden pasts of the characters. As a voice of reason and righteousness, I provide a moral compass amidst the chaos, ultimately contributing to the resolution of the story.

Celine Varens

As a French singer and former mistress of Mr. Rochester, my presence illuminates the shadows of his past. With an alluring charm and a calculating nature, I represent the allure of temptation and the repercussions of indulgence. Though my time in the narrative may be fleeting, my impact is profound, exposing the complexities of love, desire, and betrayal. Through my character, the darker shades of human nature are explored, serving as a stark contrast to the steadfast morality of Jane Eyre. As I dance upon the edges of Mr. Rochester’s past, I leave an indelible mark upon the hearts of both characters and readers alike.


As the caregiver of Adèle Varens, I play a small yet significant role in the narrative. With my nurturing nature and fluency in French, I become a bridge between Adèle and the English-speaking residents of Thornfield Hall. My presence offers a sense of familiarity and comfort to Adèle, allowing her to navigate the complexities of her surroundings. While my character may not be extensively explored in the story, I represent the importance of nurturing figures in a child’s life and the significance of cultural connections. Through my care and guidance, I embody the profound impact a dedicated caregiver can have on a young person’s journey.

Richard Mason

I am Richard Mason, a pivotal character in the gripping tale of “Jane Eyre.” As the brother of Mr. Rochester’s first wife, Bertha Mason, my presence unravels the dark secrets lurking within Thornfield Hall. I am burdened with the knowledge of the clandestine marriage between my sister and Mr. Rochester, which ultimately exposes the complexities of their relationship. My character serves as a catalyst for the climactic events that unfold, revealing the consequences of hidden pasts and the devastating effects of deceit. Despite my limited appearance in the story, I symbolize the disruptive forces that disrupt the lives of the characters, forcing them to confront the truth and make difficult choices.

Blanche Ingram

With my striking beauty and esteemed social standing, I become a contender for Mr. Rochester’s affection, captivating the attention of those around me. As a woman of privilege, I personify the expectations and aspirations of the Victorian era’s upper class. However, beneath the surface, my character embodies shallowness and a desire for material wealth. Though I am initially positioned as a potential rival to Jane Eyre, our contrasting qualities soon become apparent. While Jane embodies authenticity and inner strength, I represent the allure of outward appearances and societal expectations. Through my character, the novel explores themes of superficiality, societal pressures, and the triumph of genuine connection over surface-level attractions.

Diana Rivers

As one of Jane Eyre’s cousins, I embody intelligence, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to my principles. With my sister Mary, I form a close bond with Jane, providing her with support and guidance during her time of need. My character represents the pursuit of knowledge and the importance of education for women. I am a role model for Jane, demonstrating the possibilities and opportunities that exist beyond societal expectations. Through my interactions with Jane, the novel explores themes of female empowerment, intellectual growth, and the pursuit of personal fulfilment. As a beacon of strength and resilience, I symbolize the transformative power of familial bonds and the unwavering pursuit of one’s ideals.

Mary Rivers

As one of Jane Eyre’s cousins, I share a strong bond with my sister Diana and provide support and guidance to Jane during her time of need. With a keen intellect and a kind heart, I embody the values of empathy and understanding. My character represents the pursuit of knowledge and the importance of intellectual growth for women. I encourage Jane to embrace her passions and dreams, fostering her sense of self-worth and independence. Through my interactions with Jane, the novel delves into themes of female empowerment, sisterhood, and the transformative power of education. As a steady and compassionate presence, I serve as a source of inspiration and guidance on Jane’s journey of self-discovery.

Rosamond Oliver

As the daughter of a wealthy businessman, I exude grace and charm. With my refined manners and exquisite appearance, I became the object of many admirers, including St. John Rivers. However, beneath my outward allure, I am also driven by ambition and a desire for social standing. My character represents the complexities of love and the conflicts that arise when personal aspirations clash with matters of the heart. Through my interactions with St. John and other characters, the novel explores themes of societal expectations, self-discovery, and the sacrifices one may make in pursuit of their goals. 

John Eyre

I am John Eyre, the benevolent uncle in “Jane Eyre”, who plays a crucial role in shaping Jane’s life. As a wealthy and compassionate man, I leave behind a significant inheritance of 20,000 pounds for my niece, Jane Eyre. Despite being previously unknown to her, my legacy changes the course of Jane’s life, providing her with financial security and newfound independence. My character symbolizes the unexpected twists of fate and the potential for a brighter future, even in the face of adversity. Though physically absent from most of the story, my generous gift and the wealth it bestows upon Jane highlight the transformative power of a kind and generous gesture.

Uncle Reed

As Jane Eyre’s late uncle, I am a character whose presence lingers throughout the narrative. Though I am not physically present for much of the story, the impact of my love and support on Jane’s early life is immeasurable. My kindness and affection provided her with a glimpse of warmth and belonging in an otherwise challenging household. Even in death, my memory serves as a source of strength for Jane, shaping her resilience and fortitude as she faces the trials and tribulations of her journey. Though my time in the story may be brief, my character represents the enduring power of love and familial bonds, leaving an indelible mark on the heart of Jane Eyre.