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The novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte consists of the continuous journey through Janes life towards her final happiness and freedom This is effectively supported by five significant physical journeys she makes which mirror the four emotional journeys she makes 10-year-old Jane lives under the custody of her Aunt Reed who hates her Jane resents her harsh treatment by her aunt and cousins so much that she has a severe temper outburst which results in her aunt sending her to Lowood boarding school At the end of the eight years she has become a teacher at Lowood At the age of eighteen she seeks independence and becomes governess at Thornfield Hall Over time Jane falls in love with its master Edward Rochester who eventually proposes to her On their wedding day the sermon is abruptly halted by the announcement that Rochesters insane wife is kept locked up in the attic of Thornfield Jane runs away Penniless and almost starving Jane roams the countryside in search of shelter until she finds the house of St John Mary and Diana Rivers who take her in and nurse her back to health Jane then acquires an unexpected inheritance from her uncle One night Jane hears Mr Rochesters voice calling for her and decides to return to Thornfield immediately On her return she finds Thornfield to be a blackened ruin due to a fire which has left Rochester blind with only one arm and killed his wife Jane goes to Rochesters new home and they are married Janes physical journeys contribute significantly to plot development and to the idea that the novel is a journey through Janes life Jane Eyres chronological structure also emphasises this idea the journey progresses as time goes on Each journey causes her to experience new emotions and an eventual change of some kind These actual journeys help Jane on her four figurative journeys as each one allows her to reflect and grow The journey
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