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Jane Eyre

A satisfying & enriching narrative that explores what it means to obligate oneself to another.

Surprisingly compelling story of a woman who finally follows her heart, transforming herself and finding the love she has always longed for (Main Character Resolve of Changed, Story Outcome of Success, and Story Judgment of Good). The story locks in once Influence Character Rochester--a grumpy man and a force ofnature (Influence Character Domain of Mind)--hires the governess to watch over his daughter.

The story vibrates around the pain people encounter doing what they believe they are supposed to do (Objective Story Issue of Obligation), made evident in the decision to send Jane away and the decision for her to leave dear Rochester (Story Driver of Decision). Her preference for taking action first (Main Character Approach of Do-er)--hitting the schoolteacher back and attacking her brother--narrows down the places she can actually go and live her life (Story Continuum of Spacetime).

While Jane's focus on maintaining balance within the relationships around her makes it difficult for Male audience members to fully relate with her plight (Main Character Mindset of Holistic), doing what is sensible and manipulating oneself for society does not (Objective Story Domain of Psychology and Objective Story Problem of Logic).

While the Objective Story may add to the difficulty in attracting a Male audience, the choices she makes (Main Character Issue of Choice), Rochester's unrealistic notions (Influence Character Issue of Dream) and the battle over whether or not she is a possession (Relationship Story Concern of Obtaining) strengthens the structure and maintains interest.

All in all, a wonderfully complete story worthy of study.

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