Significant Passages with Explanations:


“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Jane Eyre spends the majority of her life feeling captured, or inferior to others with no freedom. Starting from when she was a young girl, she was treated horribly, practically as a slave, by her own aunt and cousins. She was then sent to boarding school, where Mr. Brocklehurst, the dean, was terrible to her. In this quote, Jane expresses that she wants to be independent, and not always have to rely on others for help, and then be treated badly by them.


“…and while he spoke my very conscience and reason turned traitors against me, and charged me with crime in resisting him. They spoke almost as loud as Feeling: and that clamored wildly. ‘Oh, comply!’ it said. ‘Think of his misery; think of his danger… soothe him; save him; love him; tell him you love him and will be his. Who in the world cares for you? Or who will be injured by what you do?’ Still indomitable was the reply: ‘I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad—as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and should rise in mutiny against their rigor… They have a worth—so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane—quite insane, with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs.”

This is an extremely significant passage in the novel, because this is when Jane puts her integrity over her temptations, and shows her true values. This takes place after Jane finds out about Bertha Mason, and Mr. Rochester asks her to stay with him, despite his already existing wife. Despite her temptations, and true love for Mr. Rochester, Jane knows that if she were to stay with him, she would lose her self-respect. Jane also shows us her point of view on God, and that his laws are something she can rely on, when she can no longer trust her own judgment, which is a very important concept.


“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a constraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer…..it is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”

Jane explains that women are beyond calm. She tries to inform the reader that women can feel too. However, since men of that time had implemented women to make things for them, to cook their meals, women had always followed the ideas of what men had of them. Jane feels she needs to inform the reader that women are just as strong as men.


“Any other woman would have been melted to marrow at hearing such stanzas crooned in her praise.”

This quote means that Jane Eyre is not as easily to swoon as other women. She tries to explain to the reader that other women would simply melt away when a man tries to sing about them, but Jane doesn’t fall for the singing.


"Probably, if I had lately left a good home and kind parents, this would have been the hour when I should most keenly have regretted the separation: that wind would then have saddened my heart; this obscure chaos would have disturbed my peace: as it was I derived from both a strange excitement, and reckless and feverish, I wished the wind to howl more wildly, the gloom to deepen to darkness, and the confusion to rise to clamor.”

Jane does not regret leaving Thornfield hall, because it was a dreadful place that had mistreated her. She thinks that if she had lived in a accepting home, she would cry over leaving her family. However, since she does not regret anything, she wants her surroundings to feel gloomier. She wants to feel some sort of remorse, but the fact that she lived with her terrible Aunt and cousins, it made it harder to feel remorseful.


“I am not your dear; I cannot lie down: send me to school soon, Mrs. Reed, for I hate to live here.”

Jane Eyre was raised with her aunt Mrs. Reed, because both of her parents had passed away. Mr. Reed had passed away while Jane was at a young age and had asked Mrs. Reed to promise that she will raise Jane as one of her own. As Jane grew older, Mrs. Reed began to dislike her and would treat her very poorly. At the age of 10 Jane was sent to a school for girls because her aunt disliked her so much. Jane also did not like her aunt Mrs. Reed because of the way Jane was treated.


“I saw he was going to marry her, for family, perhaps political reasons; because her rank and connections suited him; I felt he had not given her his love, and that her qualifications were ill adapted to win from him that treasure. This was the point – this was where the nerve was touched and teased – this was where the fever was sustained and fed she could not charm him.”

Jane Eyre was jealous and in pain while watching Mr. Rochester having such a good time with Miss Ingram and the way he treated her. Jane felt like she couldn't be like them, she knows she is poor and that she has nothing to offer. At the time, Mr. Rochester wanted to marry Blanche Ingram and has wanted to for a while, which made Jane Eyre feel uneasy. But Jane knew they were unsuited for each other. Jane seems to have an unusual relationship with Mr. Rochester; he seems to treat her, her own way. Jane wanted to take Rochester away and show Blanche how a real relationship full of love is supposed to be. However, Jane is full of so much sorrow, she cant speak her mind. Jane was feeling so depressed seeing it happen right in front of her.


“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

In this quote Mr. Rochester is explaining his love towards Jane. Mr. Rochester starts off by telling Jane that this is his first time he, has actually fallen deeply in love with somebody. Mr. Rochester tells Jane that she is his other half and that he feels a strong bond between the two of them. He thinks of her as a good, lovely, gifted, and a person that has convinced his heart. Mr. Rochester tells her that Jane is the center of his heart and ensures his life. He explains that soon he and Jane will be together as one.


“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!” Page 257

Jane explains to Mr. Rochester that she is just as human as he is. Jane thinks that Mr. Rochester thinks of her only as a poor human being who needs to be married to a wealthy man. She tells him that even though she is poor, that doesn’t change how human she is. It’s hard for Jane to leave Mr. Rochester, even though she thinks that he thinks that she’s nothing but a poor being.


“I will at least choose—her I love best. Jane, will you marry me?”
“Yes, sir.”
“A crippled man, twenty years older than you, whom you will have to wait on?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Truly, Jane?”
“Most truly, sir.”

This quote shows that Jane is marrying Mr. Rochester not because of circumstances or him being higher class, because even though he is an old cripple, she loves him.


“He looked at me for a minute, ‘And a little depressed,’ he said. ‘What about? Tell me.’
‘Nothing—nothing, sir. I am not depressed.’
‘But I affirm that you are: so much depressed that a few more words would bring tears to your eyes---indeed, they are there now, shining and swimming; and a bead has slipped from the lash and fallen on to the flag…well to-night I excuse…good-night my------‘ he stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”

This shows Jane and Mr. Rochester's relationship, and how he can tell her mood without her saying anything.


"'Mr. Brocklehurst, I believe I intimated in the letter which I wrote to you three weeks ago, that this little girl has not quite the character and disposition I could wish: should you admit her into Lowood school, I should be glad if the superintendent and teachers were requested to keep a strict eye on her, and above all, to guard against her worst fault, a tendency toward deceit. I mention this in your hearing, Jane, that you may no attempt to impose on Mr. Brocklehurst.'"


In this quote Mrs. Read is talking to Mr. Brocklehurst about Jane's "suposiblably bad behavior". Mrs. Read wrote a letter to Mr. Brocklehurst explainng about Jane bad behavior and bad character. Mrs. Read would be greatful to if they excepted Jane at lakewood school. Mrs. Read even explained to Mr. Brocklehurst to tell the teachers at lakewood to kept a close eye on her.

"If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should – so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again. […] I must dislike those who, whatever I do to please them, persist in liking me; I must resist those who punish me unjustly. It is as natural as that I should love those who show me affection, or submit to punishment when I feel it is deserved."

Jane clarifies that the kind and obedient people are often shadowed by the cruel. She explains that the cruel always get their way. Jane wants to strike back at the cruel and wicked. She wants them to feel the pain and suffering that she felt. She wants these people to never strike again. Jane will only show only affection to those who reflect kindness back. To those who are unkind and unjust do not deserve her affection or anybody else’s.


"Gratitude!' he ejaculated; and added wildly--'Jane, accept me quickly. Say, Edward--give me my name--Edward--I will marry you.'
'Are you in earnest?--Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?'
'I do; and if an oath is necessary to satisfy you, I swear it.'
'Then, sir, I will marry you.'
'Edward--my little wife!'
'Dear Edward!'
'Come to me--come to me entirely now,' said he: and added, in his deepest tone, speaking in my ear as his cheek was laid on mine, 'Make my happiness--I will make yours.'"


In this quote both Jane and Mr. Rochester are talking about marriage and love. Jane feels that Mr. Rochester is “using and lying” to her. She’s hesitant to marry him. Mr. Rochester tries to explain to her that he isn’t saying lies, that he truly fell in love with Jane and that he wants her to be his wife. Jane still won’t believe him, she is still insecure about marrying him. Mr. Rochester even tells Jane that he would make an oath to satisfy her. After Mr. Rochester tells her this, Jane says I will marry you.

"Yes," responded Abbot, "if she were a nice, pretty child, one might compassionate her forlornness; but one really cannot care for such a little toad as that."

Jane was known in the book as not quite a beautiful woman but sort of as a plain looking girl. She was often made fun of or looked down upon because of it. I think Jane began to ignore what people had been saying. When Mr. Rochester asked her to be his wife she thought that he was fooling with her.

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”

When Jane expresses her feeling towards Mr.rochester he was flirting with other girls, she was feeling jealous from inside she was telling him is it because I am poor, obscure, plain, little, soulless, and heartless. She proved Mr. Rochester wrong her feeling was total opposite from what he thinks. In this quote is the feeling that how Jane Eyre feels.

“I am a free human being with an independent will."
Jane Eyre”

In this quote explains how Jane eyre is independent from since when she was little and is human being as well from inside she had a hard time in her past that she was treated brutal her own aunt disliked her. She was treated rudely where she was in boarding school as well. Since then she changed and became a strong women.