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Jane Eyre: Introduction
Jane Eyre: Plot Summary
Jane Eyre: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Jane Eyre: Themes
Jane Eyre: Quotes
Jane Eyre: Characters
Jane Eyre: Symbols
Jane Eyre: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Charlotte Brontë
Historical Context of Jane Eyre
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- Full Title: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
- When Written: 1847
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Victorian novel. Jane Eyre combines Gothic mystery, a romantic marriage plot, and a coming-of-age story.
- Setting: Northern England in the early 1800s.
- Climax: Jane telepathically hears Rochester's voice calling out to her.
- Point of View: First person. Jane recounts her story ten years after its ending.
Extra Credit for Jane Eyre
Bells and Brontës: The Brontës became a literary powerhouse when Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all wrote successful first novels. Each sister published under a masculine-sounding pseudonym based on their initials. Charlotte Brontë became "Currer Bell"; Emily Brontë wrote Wuthering Heights (1845-46) as "Ellis Bell", and Anne Brontë published Agnes Gray (1847) as "Acton Bell." Women could enter the marketplace as writers and novelists, but many writers, including the Brontës and Mary Anne Evans ("George Eliot"), used male pseudonyms to keep from being dismissed as unimportant.