Jane Eyre Plot Synopsis

Introduction to Jane Eyre

The story of Jane Eyre begins when Jane is ten years old and she is living with her Aunt, Mrs. Reed, and her three horrible children, the only relatives that she knows is alive. She doesn’t remember her parents; they died several years before, of typhus. Mrs. Reed treats Jane terribly and treats the other children with more kindness than Jane. Her cousin, John, is very violent towards her. One day he hit her with a book that she was reading and kicks her, but when Jane tries to fight back, Mrs. Reed walks into the room, and punishes Jane. She sends Jane to the Red Room, the room that Mr. Reed had died in, and she tries to escape the room, but she can’t open the door. She tries to break the door down, but then Jane imagines Mr. Reed’s ghost haunting the room and she soon faints from fear. A doctor is sent to treat Jane. He recommends that Jane should go to school after she is feeling better and Mrs. Reed agrees.
Mrs. Reed decides on a school to send Jane to, and the man running the school, Mr. Brocklehurst, arrives at the Reed household, and he questions Jane on religion, and he acts disgusted about Jane’s uninterested attitude about it. Mrs. Reed mentions that Jane is a liar and a terrible child, and Mr. Brocklehurst makes sure to tell the teachers at the school.
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After a few months of waiting, Jane is sent away. A carriage is sent for Jane at the household and after a long cold ride through many small towns, she arrives at the Lowood School for girls. She is surprised to learn that the school only has eighty girls, and she soon discovers that the school was made for orphans and is for the purpose of charity.
Jane's first few months at the school went by as she learned how to behave accordingly. During this time, she befriends Helen Burns, a respectable girl who always seems to be undergoing some sort of punishment. Helen is an important character because she teaches Jane about religion, and how one should act in regard to what awaits them after death. Helen, constantly being punished, brings out curiosity from Jane as to why she never retaliates to unfair punishment. Helen only said that in a way, she did deserve it, and that the strict teacher, Ms. Scatcherd, only wishes to fix faults in her. At this, Jane is astonished, and lowood.jpgthat she would most definitely retaliate if such acts were made against her. Helen clams her and convinces her that the is much more to life than such small details.
At first, Jane doesn't mind going to school, but then Mr. Brocklehurst, arrives and blames Jane for being a liar, because of what Mrs. Reed had said. The students are then told to ignore and shun Jane, though no body takes this seriously, Jane is ashamed, but is quickly cheered up by Helen. Jane and Helen are invited into one of the teachers' chamber, Miss Temple, and Jane tells her that she is not a liar. Jane and Helen grow closer to Miss Temple, after she gives them cake and tea, and then Miss Temple writes to Mr. Lloyd, confirming what Jane has said, and she announces to the school that Jane is not a liar.
When the harsh winter arrives, Jane notices that school is not as pleasant as before. The food portions are smaller, the girls are unable to wash because their water is frozen, and the school has an outbreak of typhus. Soon, Jane discovers that Helen has gotten sick, but not with typhus, Helen is dying of consumption. Once, in the middle of the night, Jane becomes overwhelmed with curiosity and goes to find Helen, and finds her in Miss. Temple’s room. Jane climbs into Helen’s bed, and Helen talks about how she will soon be happy again, and that she is glad to be leaving the world. In a few hours, Miss Temple finds Helen’s dead body in Jane’s arms. Jane is taken away from Helen’s arms and she is taken back to her bed.
For the next several years, the school’s conditions improve and Jane does well in her studies. She soon finishes school at Lowood, and decides that she would like to be a teacher at the school.

The Rising Action of Jane Eyre
The plot of Jane Eyre really starts building when she accepts the job at Thornfield. After years spent at Lowood she is ready to be independent in her earnings and to teach. She has had many years of education and teaching as qualifications to come and teach Adele at Thornfield. She met Ms. Fairfax who welcomed her with open arms. One day when Jane was out on a stroll outside of the house when a frightened horse rears a man off and wounds him, little did she know this was her first encounter with Mr. Rochester. Ms. Fairfax presides over the estate and is the house keeper but the house itself belongs to Mr. Rochester. After their unusual introduction they became acquaintances. He was cold to her and Adele at first. Every time they engaged in conversation their
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Jane approaching Mr. Rochester and Miss Ingram
got deeper and deeper. Jane started to develop feelings for him, although she didn’t tell anyone. He and Jane would have intelligent conversations that lead to a friendship. By this time in the book they trust each other. One night Jane hears an eerie laugh coming from down the hall, where the servants live. She suspects it is Grace Poole who had always seemed a little odd to Jane. Following this strange laugh Jane suspects something to be wrong. She rushes to Mr. Rochester’s room to find his bed is on fire. Quickly she douses his bed in water and wakes him up. Mr. Rochester looks very worried after extinguishing the fire. She expresses her concern about Grace Poole and he quickly agrees without further explanation. Throughout these series of events Jane suspects that something is wrong but doesn’t question it, in fear of ruining her and Mr. Rochester’s relationship.

Though their relationship seemed something special, Mr. Rochester puts Jane in a depressed mood when he disappears to visit old friends somewhere far away. When he does return, he brings with him a party of people to stay at Thonrfield. Among them were several young women, including the beautiful and successful, Miss Blanche Ingram. The party stays for weeks. Sometime during their stay, an incident involving the infamous Grace Poole takes place, waking everyone in the house. A Mr. Mason had previously arrived to the house earlier that day and was injured severely during this incident. Rochester seems very inclined to keep Mason's condition a secret, and convinces everyone that one of the servants simply had a nightmare, while Jane suspects otherwise. It is inferred that Jane was most probably the most trustworthy person to Mr. Rochester, which is why she is asked by him to tend to Mr. Mason while he sent for a doctor. Jane notices several strange injuries adorned by Mr. Mason, including what looked to be a bite mark. His condition is bloody and frightening, much like the room he is in, but Jane never leaves his side, waiting obediently for Rochester's return. After he does return, the doctor manages to save Mason, and he is sent off before morning, and Jane is left with suspicious thoughts from the strange events that took place that night.
Not long after that night, the party returned home, but everyone is left under the impression that Rochester will propose to Miss Ingram soon, and are proven correct when rumors of wedding plans are spread, which saddens Jane deeply. She receives a request from an old friend back at the Reed household to visit her sick Aunt. Apparently, her cousin, old John Reed had spent all of his money, and was caught in a patch of trouble, which resulted in his death. Mrs. Reed, upon hearing of her sons death, had become very ill. Jane agrees to visit, and takes permission to leave from Mr. Rochester. When she arrives, her Aunt explained the true reason of her hatred toward her. That Jane was not her child, and that she felt Mr. Reed cared for Jane more than his own children. She also attempts to make amends by offering Jane a letter that was sent to her years ago from a John Eyre, an uncle Jane was unaware of having. In the letter, Mr. John Eyre is inquiring the whereabouts of his niece in hopes of adopting her and making her his heir, since he had no children of his own. Mrs. Reed admits that she lied and told her uncle that Jane had died of Typhus that year at the Lowood school. Though Jane is furious, she forgives her Aunt, to allow her peace if she is to die.
Afterwards, Jane stays at the Reed house to help with chores and things needing to be done. When her Aunt finally passes away, she remains to help with final arrangements.She then returns to Thronfield. Almost immediately upon her arrival, Mr. Rochester approaches. They speak of Janes sad features, and of the marriage that is about to take place. He tells Jane that she will need to find a new situation once he is married, and she is visibly hurt by his words. During this emotional exchange, Jane finally admits her feelings towards Rochester. He surprises her by proposing. Jane, not believing her own eyes, says yes.

Climax of Jane Eyre
At this time of the book, the Thornfield residence is extremely busy. Arrangements for the wedding are being made, and Jane is being reintroduced to everyone as Rochester's Fiancee. jane etre.jpgJane is extremely happy and well spirited to be with her love, she is gradually growing weary of being married for several reasons. One being that she does not want to be tied down and submit to her husband. She despises such domination. Another reason being that their social levels differ almost completely. She does not feel comfortable marrying such a rich man, when she herself, has always been quite the opposite. Nevertheless, she goes through with the wedding.
The wedding has now arrived, and Jane and Rochester are both on the podium, prepared to recite their vows. When it is asked if anyone objects to the marriage, one man steps forward. It is Mr. Mason. He claims that Mr. Rochester is already married. Mr. Rochester, as angry as he appears, does not object this accusation, but seeks to explain the real meaning to this claim. He explains that he was married to a Bertha Mason several years ago and that she had gone mad. to further prove his point he even takes Jane to see her. She is kept on the thrid floor and is cared for by Grace Poole. He explains that it was in fact Bertha who set the fire earlier in the story and that Grace Poole is paid to care for her. He also explains that the law requires a man to stay with his wife as long as they both live, and that even if she is mad, they are legally bound. to Jane, he explains that the marriage was arranged for her wealth by his father, not out of love. But Jane is still broken hearted and realizes that it would be unwise and shameful to marry an already married man. She spends little time in Thornfield after that, and one day runs away.

Falling Action and Conclusion to Jane Eyre
She had run away and happened to find Saint John Rivers, (pronounced Sinjin) who was kind enough to let her stay with him. He basically brings her to his home. St. John knows that he has a cousin named Jane Eyre, but he thinks she is dead because her aunt who she went to visit in the hospital told her that her uncle was looking for her. Jane’s aunt said to her that everyone thinks you’re dead because I told them you died at school from Typhus. So when Jane went with Sinjin to his home he didn’t know who she was because she changed her name to Jane Elliot. A few days passed and he learned who she was because of her drawings. On the bottom of all of Jane’s drawings is her signature. They started talking about how they are cousins and so forth. During this time, Jane
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Jane and Rochester are reunited
all of her uncle's money, and becomes rich. with a bit of persuasion towards her cousins, she split the money among them. After a while of living with her cousins, St. John
had in mind that she would marry him, and they could go on a mission to India. Jane refused knowing that Rochester was still at Thornfield. But also because she did not feel the love was present there as when she loved Rochester. It was not until one day, where he proposed she marry him, that Jane heard the silent voice of Rochester in her head. She heard it frequently, and was worried about what happened.
She finally decides that She loves Rochester no matter his situation, and that they were on a similar social level now that she was wealthy, and wants to find him. She leaves Saint John Rivers alone to find Rochester, and set off to Thornfield. She arrived there to find the mansion burned to ashes, as nothing but remains of what used to be Thornfield stood right before her eyes. She was deeply frightened, worried to say the least. All she came back for was Rochester and she didn’t even know if he was alive. She walked through the remains to look one last time for Rochester, but no luck. She found him in a small settlement in the woods, with his dog, Pilot. She approached him silently, as he felt her hands. Being blinded by the destructive fire, he could not tell who she was. He whispered, “Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre!” she was glad to be with him again. They were married, had two children and it was at the time, that Rochester had slowly gained his vision and could finally see his beautiful wife, and children.

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