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Jane Eyre

Structure: 4/5 | Entertainment: 3.5/5

Surprisingly compelling story of a woman who finally follows her heart (Main Character Resolve Changed), transforming herself (Story Outcome of Success) and finding the love she has always longed for (Story Judgment of Good). The story locks in once Impact Character Rochester—a grumpy man and a force of nature (Influence Character Throughline of Fixed Attitude)—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 (Overall 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: Do-er)—hitting the schoolteacher back and attacking her brother—narrows down the places she can actually go and live her life (Story LimitOptionlock).

While her focus on maintaining balance within the relationships around her makes it difficult for Male audience members to fully relate with her plight (Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic), doing what is sensible (Overall Story Problem of Logic) and manipulating oneself for society (Overall Story Throughline of Psychology) does not. While the Overall 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 the interest.

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

Final Storyform Settings

Story Engine Settings for Jane Eyre:

The image above is taken from the Story Engine window of Dramatica Story Expert. Story points in BLUE represent choices made by the user. Story points in RED reflect implied story elements provided by Dramatica.

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