Study Guide

Jane Eyre Characters

By Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

If Jane had her way, she would probably tell us that she doesn’t have any character to...

Mr. Edward Rochester

Mr. Rochester is stern-featured, heavy-browed, craggy-faced, rude, abrupt, horny, twice...

Bertha Mason

Bertha Mason: is she an abused wife, or just "the madwoman in the attic"? Bertha’s family...

St. John Rivers

The first thing to explain about St. John Rivers is how to pronounce his first name, "St. John."...

Mrs. Reed

Jane’s aunt-by-marriage is a selfish, hard-hearted woman who spoils her three horrible...

Helen Burns

Helen is Jane’s pious best friend at Lowood Institute. Helen is extremely intelligent,...

Mr. Brocklehurst

The ultimate hypocrite, Mr. Brocklehurst is the supervisor of a boarding school for orphaned...

Miss Temple

Miss Temple, the teacher in charge of Lowood Institute, is the only person able to protect the...

John Reed

Jane’s cousin John Reed is a good-for-nothing wastrel. As a child, he’s a bully,...

Eliza Reed

In childhood, Jane’s cousin Eliza is just another nasty member of the Reed family; as an...

Georgiana Reed

Georgiana Reed, sister of Eliza and John, daughter of Mrs. Reed, and cousin to Jane Eyre, is...

Bessie

Bessie is Jane’s childhood nursemaid; she’s not exactly perfect, because she has a...

Blanche Ingram

Blanche Ingram is, let’s be honest, not a nice girl. The daughter of one of...

Adèle

Adèle is Jane’s pupil at Thornfield, a little French girl just under ten years old,...

Grace Poole

Grace Poole, a stout, middle-aged, red-haired seamstress who works as a servant at Thornfield...

Diana and Mary Rivers

St. John’s sisters and Jane’s cousins, Diana and Mary Rivers are gentle,...

Rosamond Oliver

Rosamond Oliver is the beautiful young woman whom St. John is not-so-secretly in love with, but...