The novel Jane Eyre successfully sculptures a new female image who longs for freedom, has a clear idea of what one should hate or love and owns a strong resistant spirit. Its heroine is Jane Eyre, who fights against the unfair reality to achieve independent personality and equal treatment. It describes the unequal conditions suffered by children and women at that time. The novel illustrates the process of heroine’s development and builds up the history of Jane Eyre’s rebellious spirit from the beginning to the end.
The paper mainly studies the rebellious character of the heroine in Jane, which is the most famous novel of Charlotte Bronte, giving a brief introduction of the writer, the novel and the main content of the paper, introducing other people’s studies about the novel, studying the traits of rebellious character, analyzing the cause of Jane’s rebellious character，expounding the influences of Jane’s rebellious character on modern women and herself.
Keywords：Jane; heroin; rebellious character; causes
Abstract(in Chinese) II
Chapter I. Introduction 1
A. Introduction about the writer 1
B. Introduction about the novel 1
C. Main idea and construction of the thesis 2
Chapter Ⅱ. Literature review 2
Chapter Ⅲ..Introduction about rebellious character 4
A. The definition about rebellious character 4
B. The causes of rebellious character 4
C. The traits of rebellious character 5
Chapter Ⅳ. Analysis of Jane’s Rebellious Character 5
A．The development and performance of Jane’s rebellious character 5
1. Gateshead Hall: Awareness of Rebellion 5
2. Lowood Institution: formation of rebellion 7
3. Thornfield Hall: expansion of rebellion 10
4. Rebelling against St. John: the climax of rebellion 15
B. The influences on herself and modern women 17
1. Influences in love 17
2. Influences in marriage 19
Chapter Ⅴ. Conclusion 20
A. Main content of the thesis 20
B. Central idea of the thesis 21
Works Cited 23
Chapter Ⅴ. Conclusion
A. Main content of the thesis
Jane Eyre aims at representing how the embittered little charity child found the way to come to terms with life and society through her rebellious sprit and marvelous courage. The novel moves from stage to stage of Jane Eyre’s development, dividing in⁃to four sharply distinct phases: awareness of rebellion, formation of rebellion, expansion of rebellion, climax of rebellion, winding up with fulfillment in marriage at Fern dean.
The paper mainly studies the rebellious character of the heroine in Jane, which is the most famous novel of Charlotte Bronte, giving a brief introduction of the writer, the novel and the main content of the paper, introducing other people’s studies about the novel, studying the traits of rebellious character, analyzing the development and performance of Jane’s rebellious character，expounding the influences of Jane’s rebellious character on modern women and herself.
B. Central idea of the thesis
Jane Eyre's story is the production of historical society--- a common woman who was in lower position and suffered social depression ,but wanted the ambition and requirement of freedom and equality , whose fate convey the strongest sound of remonstration to pursue economic and social rights at that moment . In British literature, Jane Eyre is a new woman image .Contrasting with many woman characters in contemporary novels, Jane Eyre is not a beauty or a girl with noble background, and she is very common in appearance. As we know, in the 30's-40's of 19th century, wealth and family status are the basis of marriage and so