Jane Eyre Movie Review Summary

Actors: George C. Scott, Susannah York

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We first meet Jane Eyre as a 10 year girl arriving to Lowood school, a charity institution for poor and orphaned girls (this version of the famous classic skips the part about Jane being raised and abused by the Reed family). Jane spends 8 years at Lowood, surviving harsh conditions, typhus epidemic, and the loss of a dear friend. She gets good education though and eventually becomes one of the teachers at Lowood. However, she wants to explore the world she has seen so little of. She advertises in a newspaper seeking a position of a private tutor. Her ad is answered. Mrs. Fairfax of Thornfield Hall offers her to be the governess for a young girl.
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Jane arrives to Thornfield and gets to know her student, Adelle, who happens to be French. Adelle is a ward of Mr. Rochester, the owner of the estate, a wealthy gentleman who spends most of his time abroad and only shows up at Thornfield once in a while. Jane is very curious to meet Mr. Rochester, and when she does, her curiosity is stirred even more. A man of a very strong character, closed up and reserved most of the time, he seems to be in some constant inner turmoil. Mr. Rochester notices Jane as well; he questions her about her past and finds her honest and thoughtful answers unusual. The two are drawn to each other, but Jane guards her heart and does not get her hopes up since it is very unlikely that Mr. Rochester would marry his governess. He is courting Ms. Ingram, a proud beauty from a rich family, and things seem to be quickly progressing towards marriage.

When Mr. Rochester suddenly announces that he has no intention of marrying Ms. Ingram and proposes to Jane, she at first refuses to believe it. However, she sees that Mr. Rochester is in earnest, and she accepts his proposal. But on the day of their wedding a stranger walks into the church and declares that the ceremony cannot go on because Mr. Rochester is already married. This shocking announcement turns out to be true. Mr. Rochester had gotten married at a very young age, to a mentally ill woman, whose illness was concealed from him by her family. Her condition had later on worsened to complete madness. Unable to get a divorce, Mr. Rochester had secretly brought his wife to Thornfield and for many years kept her locked in a room upstairs, with a servant attending to her. He explains to Jane how it all came about and asks to forgive him for deceiving her. Jane is devastated. She still loves Mr. Rochester, but she will not be a mistress to a married man. She flees from Thornfield.

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Script Analysis of Jane Eyre

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Lover is...    -   of a different social class Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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