In Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre, the protagonist Jane equates “home” to family and love. Orphaned as an infant, Jane Eyre has no memory of her biological family and parental love. The inherent human need to belong and be loved drives Jane in her search for a home that includes a family and love. In her quest, Jane experiences different homes that she loses. Yet despite these losses, Jane remains steadfast in her quest for family and love. Each home and its loss shapes her character, strengthens her, and impacts her to grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and morally. The character of Jane Eyre supports Sonsyrea Tate’s belief, “You can leave home all you want, but home will never leave you.”
First home with Aunt Reed – how Jane came to live there – her desire for family and love – how is her desire met – how does she react to this and how does it shape her character – how does she lose this home - her aunt does not want her and sends her to a school for orphans – how is her desire for family and love met there – how does she react to this and how does it shape her character. How does she lose this home – By the time she is about 18 years of age, Jane has lost two homes, yet each of these homes has a continuing influence on her life. The Reed home and the abuse she suffered there filled her with the fire to survive and the dream of a family and home. Lowood provides the education necessary to support herself in the real world, and through the influence of both Helen Burns and Miss Temple, Jane learned to temper her rage and vindictiveness; she learned forgiveness and compassion.
Thornfield– how Jane came to live there – how is her desire for family and home met there – how does it shape her character – return to Reed home and the change in her – wedding - finally believes she will have the love and family and home she has always dreamed of -how does she lose this home – what is the impact of this lost and how does she react to it – how does it help her grow as a person – her love for Rochester – her determination to live life by her own moral standards despite her love for R – She decides to leave Thornfield – but the influence of this home remains as she continues to love Rochester - the memories of a family and love.
How she survives when she leaves Thornfield - meeting the St. Johns – her need for family and home – how it is met - finding lost cousins – Mary and Diana almost like sisters – inheritance change her – St. John’s impact on her – makes her realize that she will never have a home until she has love – the strength of this belief drives hers back to find the man she loves – marries him despite his handicaps
Jane Eyre proves “You can leave home all you want, but home will never leave you”. All her life Jane dreamed of a home with a family to love and to love her in return. Her quest of this dream saw her in several “homes” that she had to leave. Yet each of these homes influenced who Jane ultimately became, a confident, strong, compassionate, and virtuous woman who finally realizes her dream when she marries the man she loves and lays their first born in his arms.