Jane wants to be an equal partner in a relationship and keep her independence and autonomy. She only marries Rochester once they have equal financial status.
Jane Eyre (Grades 9–1)
Jane’s friendships with Helen and Miss Temple, her relationship with the Rivers family, and the love she finds with Rochester are all powerful influences on her.
Jane’s belief in morality and Christian values cause her to reject Mr Rochester’s immorality and dark side but also St John Rivers’ cold fanaticism.
Each stage of Jane’s development is marked by a journey to a new destination: Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield, Marsh End and Ferndean.
Jane’s search for somewhere to belong, with a family that loves her, is a central theme of the novel. Her final home is with Rochester.