Book Report Tips for 'Jane Eyre'

by Charlotte Bronte

Book Report Tips for Jane Eyre
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Jane Eyre was written in 1847 and is considered one of the first romantic novels, containing both passion and mystery. The novel’s tone of philosophical introspection set it apart from other contemporary works. It has been through many printings as it has remained a popular classic. The novel is currently published by Signet Classic of New York.

There are certain elements that you will need to include to write a report.

The first step is to read the book and write down any significant quotes or interesting phrases. You should incorporate these quotes into your paper.

You will also need to paraphrase some of the passages that you include in your paper.

Author

Charlotte Bronte

Setting

The story of Jane Eyre takes place in 19th century England (the 1800s). The novel develops through scenes taking place in four distinct settings: The Reed Manor is the location we find during Jane’s childhood; The Lowood School is the location where Jane receives her education; Thornfield Manor is the home in which her first love grows, and Moor House is in the town of Morton where Jane finds her paternal relatives.

Characters

Jane Eyre, the heroine of the story.

Edward Rochester, Jane’s employer, and true love.

St. John Rivers, Jane’s cousin who offers her employment and seeks to make her his missionary wife.

Mrs. Reed, the wife of Jane’s deceased uncle and her reluctant guardian.

Plot

Jane Eyre begins life as a destitute and dependent waif in the care of relatives who neither want nor love her. The story traces Jane’s life as she grows from early childhood to young adulthood, during which she experiences for the first time independence, a sense of belonging, and love. As the events of the novel unfold and she learns the true nature of her circumstances, she also learns the true makeup of her character.

Jane is beset time and again with difficult decisions in which she must choose between the easy road and her own integrity.

Questions to Ponder?

The questions and statements below will help you detect important themes and ideas in the novel. Ponder each of the statements and consider whether you can find topics for segments and paragraphs of your paper.

  • What is interesting about the conflict we find between the individual and society?
  • How does the caste system of 19th century England affect Jane’s life?
  • How are Jane’s decisions influenced by the society in which she lives?
  • What does this novel suggest about the ideals of Christianity and Christian behavior?
  • What have you observed about the conflict between the individual and herself?
  • What significance is there in the many references to hunger and cold throughout the novel?
  • What inner turmoil rises in Jane as she is faced with choosing between what is right (or expected of her) and what she really wants?
  • Is Jane a character to be admired or scorned? What makes you feel the way you do?

Possible First Sentences

  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is a study in character development.
  • Independence is often hard fought and won at great cost.
  • Jane Eyre, as a character, is a model of self-respect and integrity.
  • Can a person be saved by love?
  • The class system of England presents many obstacles to happiness.