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Jane Eyre Author- Charlotte Bront Genre- Romance Original Publication Date- 1847 Characters- Jane Eyre- Main Character and narrator intelligent honest plain-featured young girl forced to contend with oppression inequality and hardship she meets with a series of individuals who threaten her independence but succeeds in asserting herself maintains her principles of justice human dignity and morality values intellectual and emotional fulfillment strongly believes in gender and social equality and challenges the Victorian prejudices against women and the poor John Eyre- Janes uncle leaves her 20000 pounds Edward Rochester- Janes employer and the master of Thornfield a wealthy and passionate man unconventional and ready to set aside polite manners propriety and consideration of social class in order to interact with Jane frankly and directly rash and impetuous has spent much of his life roaming about Europe trying to avoid his problems his problems are his own fault but he is a sympathetic figure because he has suffered for so long as a result of his early marriage to Bertha The Rivers St John Rivers- serves as Janes benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield gives her food and shelter is the minister at Morton cold reserved and often controlling serves as a foil to Rochester Diana Rivers- Janes cousin sister of St John and Mary a kind and intelligent person advises Jane not to go to India with St John serves as a model of an intellectually gifted and independent woman Mary Rivers- Janes cousin sister of St John and Diana a kind and intelligent young woman forced to work as a governess after her father loses his fortune serves as a model of an independent woman who is also able to maintain close relationships with others and a sense of meaning in her life Bessie Lee- maid at Gateshead the only figure in Janes childhood who regularly treats her kindly tells her stories and sings her songs marries Robert Leaven the Reeds coachman The Reeds
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