How does Bronte immediately reveal Jane’s situation to the reader?
Bronte first expresses that Jane is an orphaned girl who is living with her aunt and cousins
Why do you think Jane is treated so unfairly?
Jane is an outcast; she was forced to adopt her into her family because of a promise that she had made Mr. Reed when he died
What does Jane mean when she says she was “rather out of (her)self”?
She meant that she was sooooo oh so mad and angry that an unseen side of her broke out and she, the little frail weak girl, could not control herself and just released her anger in terms of screaming and yelling
What does Jane think of Mrs. Reeds treatment of her?
Jane argues that Mrs. Reed’s treatment of her has fallen short of what she had promised to give Jane when Mr. Reed died
Why does Mrs. Reed make Jane stay in the red room?
Jane got into a fight with John Reed and Mrs. Reed so she was punished by having to stay in the room that Mr. Reed had died in
Why does Jane not stop crying?
Jane thinks that Mr. Reed’s ghost is in the room with her
What hope does Mr. Lockwood give Jane?
When Mr. Lockwood came to check Jane after her passing out for days after crying in the Red room Mr. Lockwood mentions to her and Mrs. Reed that it would be easier on her if she sent Jane away to school
How did Jane’s character changed in her confrontation with both Mr. Brocklehurst and Mrs. Reed?
After talking with both of them Jane told Mrs. Reed how she was such a cruel and evil person
What is Lowood Institution?
The boarding school for girls that Mr. Brocklehurst is in charge of
What is the lifestyle of the girls at Lowood?
The girls are all well behaved and have every aspect of their lives micromanaged
Why does Jane speak to the girl reading in the garden?
Jane thought that she looked lonely and needed someone to talk to and Jane needed to make some friends
What advice does Helen give Jane?
Helen tells her to accept the punishment implemented by the teachers because she says that everything that they do is to improve their lives; Jane is also told that Mr. Brocklehurst is in charge of everything
How is Jane’s temperament different from Helen’s?
Jane is more of a girl who will act on what she believes and will not except irrational punishment; Helen sees all punishment as an attempt made to improve her life
Describe Mr. Brocklehurst.
He is the master of Lowood, he is quite stern and tall
How are Mr. Brocklehurst’s wife and daughter dressed? What does that tell us?
They are dress very elegantly and flamboyantly, on the contrary to what is taught at Lowood; this tells the reader that most of the money made from Lowood school goes straight into the wardrobe of the Brocklehursts
How does Jane feel while standing on the stool when she is labeled an liar?
Jane feels very embarrassed and feels bad, but she knows that truly that it was a small accident
How does Helen comfort Jane?
Helen walks slowly and calmly up to Jane and brings her coffee and bread and gives her a hug and some good advise
Why does Miss Temple invite Jane to her room?
Miss Temple just wanted to tell Jane that she is clear of all that Mr. Brocklehurst accused her of and all the students and teachers believe her side of the story
How does Jane’s visit with Miss Temple alter her thinking about Lowood?
It gives Jane a new thinking of Miss Temple and helps her to feel better about what happens and gives Jane someone to go to if she needs help or needs someone to talk to
Who is Jane’s new friend/schoolmate?
Mary Ann Wilson
Where is Helen Burns?
Helen is in Miss Temple’s room because she is very sick and ill
Years after Helen’s death, Jane has a stone marker with the word “Resurgam” carved upon it placed over Helen’s grave. What is the significance of “Resurgam”?
Resurgam means “I will rise again”
What news does Bessie bring Jane from Gateshead?
Bessie told her that she had gotten married, that John Reed had gotten kicked out of school, and that Jane’s father came looking for her
What steps has Jane taken toward her future?
She becomes a teacher at Lowood
How does Jane find her position at Thornfield and her new acquaintances?
She puts an advertisement out for a governess
What is Adele’s relation to Mr. Rochester?
Adele was a ward of Mr. Rochester and she was one of Jane’s students; Adele was the daughter of one of Rochester’s long time girlfriend and Adele is many times thought to have been Rochester’s daughter but he never admitted it
how does Jane first meet Mr. Rochester?
Jane is out on a walk one day and she sees this horse with a man coming up the path and then the horse slips on ice and falls over and Jane runs to help him up (Jane did not Know that it was Mr. Rochester until later the next day)
Describe Mr. Rochester’s appearance.
he is pretty tall and robust man
How does Mr. Rochester get a glimpse into Jane’s nature and personality?
Mr. Rochester looks through Jane’s artwork and he is very impressed at what he sees
In what way does Jane captivate Mr. Rochester?
he is impressed by her paintings
Why does Mr. Rochester bring up Adele when she is not his child?
Because Adele’s mother left her and Rochester felt bad if he left her
After Jane saves Mr. Rochester from the fire, how do we know that they are falling in love?
He is grateful and thanks her for saving him and he does not want Jane to leave him
how does Jane respond to Grace Poole’s composure when questioned about the fire?
Jane believes Grace is trying to hide it by blaming Jane for causing the fire
How does Jane react to her feelings of love for Mr. Rochester?
Jane reacts with denial, and tries to hide her feelings
Contrast Blanche and Jane
Blanche is tall, beautiful, strong willed and has money and Jane is small, weak and quieter and has very little in monetary terms
What does Jane perceive in the relationship between Blanche and Rochester?
That Rochester and Blanche are not good for each other and that they are getting married for money reasons
Who is Mr. Mason?
A strange, keen eyed-man who came to Thornfield one day and told Jane that Mr. Rochester had lived in the West Indies
How does Blanche respond to the fortune that the gypsy gave her?
She is sad and disappointed
What does the gypsy tell Blanche that upset her so much?
That Rochester had no money
What does the fortune teller tell Jane?
That she is very close to happiness
How does Mr. Rochester react to the news of Mason’s arrival?
Rochester seems troubled and flustered
What happens to Mason?
He is stabbed and bitten by his sister Bertha when he went to visit her in the attic (none of this was known by Jane, that Bertha was in the attic, etc.)
What does Jane do after Mr. Rochester calms everyone and sends them back to bed?
Mr. Rochester asked her if she would help him with cleaning up Mr. Mason’s wounds
What does Mr. Rochester ask of Jane the night before he is to be married to Blanche?
Asks Jane to tell him that by marrying Blanche it would bring him salvation and happiness
Why does Jane consent to return to Gateshead?
Because she had learned that John Reed had died and that Mrs. Reed was dying and asked to see her
How does Jane find the Reeds?
John Reed had committed suicide, Mrs. Reed was dying after having a stroke, and Georgiana and Elyza were not getting along and talking to people (this just goes to prove you can have all the money in the world but it doesn’t mean your life is good)
How do the Reeds treat Jane when she returns to Gateshead?
Fairly well and respectful
What does Mr. Rochester call Jane when he meets her on the road to Thronfield?
He calls her his love of his life
Jane is happy to see Rochester on the road to Thronfield and says what to him?
That she loves him too
Why did Blanche’s and Rochester’s marriage never go on as planned?
Mr. Mason during the ceremony comes in and says that Rochester can not marry Blanche because Rochester is already married to Bertha, he takes everyone to the attic and shows them Bertha
When Jane and Rochester profess their love and agree to marry, then a sudden storm breaks, resulting in lightning splitting the tree. What does nature reflect or foreshadow?
the tree is split which represents what will happen to Rochester and Jane that they will split for a time but will later get back together
Now that Jane is to become Mrs. Rochester, how does she act?
She acts strange because she thinks it is weird that she is not at the same wealth and social class as him
How does Mrs. Fairfax react to the announcement of Jane’s marriage to Mr. Rochester?
She treats Jane coldly because she does not know that they are already engaged
What “vision” does Jane have the night before her wedding?
She finds her viel ripped in half
Who is Bertha?
Mr. Mason’s sister, who Mr. Rochester married 15 years before (their wedding was arranged while Rochester was in the West Indies)
Why were Jane and Mr. Rochester not married?
Because he was already married to Bertha Mason
What does Mr. Rochester ask of Jane?
he asks her if she would move to southern France with him to be married and live together
Why can Jane not do as he asks?
she said that all she will ever be to him is a mistress to him as long as Bertha is alive
What is Jane’s answer to her dilemma?
to leave Thornfield and Rochester
What happens to Jane on her journey?
she runs out of money and has to live outside and beg for money
Who rescues Jane?
What name does Jane give the Rivers?
How do Diana and Mary treat Jane?
They treat her nicely and give her clothes, food and a place to stay
Describe Mary and Diana?
Two sisters of Saint John who become good friends with Jane and even later on in the book turn out to be Jane’s cousins
Describe St. John
Aloof and cold, but never mean
What employment does St. john find for Jane?
he gets her a position a Charity School in Morton
Why does this employment suit Jane so much?
Because it is a restless job and Jane is restless
Describe Jane’s new home.
a small cottage that Mrs. Rosamond Oliver at the school gave her as a place to stay
How does Jane feel about her choice to leave Rochester?
she feels that she made the right decision, but feels that she will never love someone again
Identify Rosamond Oliver.
a young beautiful woman who St. John loves but won’t marry her because she would be a bad missionary wife
What feelings does St. John have for Rosamond?
St. John wants to marry Mrs. Oliver and truly has a love for her but he chose work over “play”
Why is St. John correct in his rejection of Rosamond?
because she could never be a wife of a missionary
What is St. John’s offer to Jane, and why does she reject it?
St. john wanted her to marry him and move to India with him. she said that she would go to India but would not marry him
how is St. John, although wishing to do good in the world, a villain?
he is pressuring and being a jerk to her
What does Jane learn from the host at the inn in Millcote?
That Bertha caught the house on fire and Rochester tried to save her but she killed her self and he was blinded because of his injuries
how does the end of the novel represent typical Victorian expectations?
It doesn’t put it in plain sight, it makes you think and leaves a cliff hanger