Theme is the main point than an author is trying to achieve through his or her writings in a story or novel. Jane Eyre is a novel about an English woman's struggles as told through by Charlotte Bronte. Bronte's theme of how a person can be manipulated into love and often times has to find her own integrity in the process, by using the literary elements such as plot and characterization.
Charlotte Bronte uses the characterization technique of opinions to show how people often form conclusions about others and express them in their thoughts as either being cruel or friendly. As Jane is in her youth she develops her personality develops along with her because of her surroundings. "You are like a murderer--you are like a slave-driver "you are like the Roman Emperors."" (Bronte 8) This shows Jane has the maturity of a person much greater than that of a ten-year-old. "Mr. Rochester continued blind for the first two years of our union: perhaps it was that circumstance that drew us so very near - that knit us so very close: for I was then his vision, as I am still his right hand. Literally, I was the apple of his eye."" (Bronte 578) Jane expresses her grief over Rochester's injuries yet emphasizes her constant love. All of Jane's, along with the other characters, change her personality throughout the novel. "He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted, just now; he was past youth' but had not reached middle age; perhaps he might be thirty-five. I felt no fear of him and but little shyness."" (Bronte 142) These words that are spoken by Jane clearly show that her decision here is that Rochester is her protection. She also mentions how she doesn't fear him. Jane continues by saying, "Had he been a handsome, heroic-looking young gentleman, I should not have dared to stand thus questioning him against his will and offering my services unwillingly.