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Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Jane Eyre'

In this worksheet students will analyse the key characters in 'Jane Eyre', considering Bronte's use of language and structure and how the characters reflect the context in which the novel was written.

'Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Jane Eyre'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   19th Century Prose, 19th Century Novel, The 19th Century Novel

Curriculum subtopic:   Jane Eyre

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

How does Brontë present her characters in 'Jane Eyre'?


Victorian woman


In the Literature exam, you may be asked to write about how a particular character is presented in an extract from 'Jane Eyre'.


You will also need to know the novel well enough to write about how a character is presented in the novel as a whole.



To achieve a higher mark in the exam, you need to show that you are analysing a character.


To do this try to:

- pick out some of the language and structural techniques used to present the character and consider their effects.

- consider how the character reflects something about the context in which Brontë was writing.


In this activity, we will practise analysing the characters in 'Jane Eyre'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

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