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Literary Analysis Research Guide

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As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. 

Plot Summary

Jane Eyre is a tale, told in autobiographical style, of a young woman orphaned in early nineteenth century England.  Jane is raised by her tyrannical aunt, Mrs. Reed, who eventually sends her away to Lowood, a school for orphans. 

At Lowood, Jane is comfortable and appreciated, a model student and later, a teacher.  When her friend and mentor, Miss Temple, leaves the school, Jane applies for a position as a governess at Thornfield.  She finds the country life pleasant, and quiet, except for the eerie laughter coming from the third floor.

After a time, the owner of the house, Mr. Rochester, returns from abroad.  He and Jane are gradually attracted to each other. The demonic laughter continues, Mr. Rochester is set on fire in the middle of the night, and a visitor is bitten.  Gradually, Jane realizes that there is a crazy woman living on the locked third floor of Thornfield. 

Jane Eyre is independent and intelligent in a society that encourages women to be submissive.  Her attraction to Rochester cannot be consummated until, through a series of good fortunes for her and misfortunes for him, they become equals. 




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