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JANE EYRE a character analysis Becoming a memorable hero in literature is not an easy thing Your life is exposed to the public eye critics scorn your motives and far crueler AP English teachers force their students to write a character analysis about every aspect of your being However once in a blue moon a hero springs up that strangely enough is interesting enough that certain ambitious students find him or her so intriguing that they type a three thousand word essay praising or denouncing the story Jane Eyre is not that kind of hero Anyone who can write on the subject for more than two hours leads a very dull life The book is four hundred pages long and full of long-winded details by the fore-mentioned individual The title character in Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre does have her high qualities though She is virtuous independent assertive and does not accept defeat These attributes alone however are not what makes this women admirable It is the fact that Jane succeeds in life despite her lack of social standing family independent wealth or beauty that makes her a hero of modern society The idea that a women could dare to attempt controlling her destiny is hardly a new idea The Bible written thousands of years before Jane Eyre is full of examples of assertive women unwilling to let the incompetent men around them ruin their lives A famous example derives from the story of Tamar and Judah When Tamar allegedly sinned with an unknowing Judah he realized she did it because I did not give her to my son Shelah Genesis 3826 A few thousand years later Sophocles wrote about the tragic tale of Antigone the princess of Thebes who stood up against her wicked uncle Creon to do what she thought was right William Shakespeare filled his plays with brave women willing to die to follow their hearts does Juliet spring
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