I wanted to know what type of idealist Charlotte Brontė's character Jane Eyre is. Seems like INFP to me. What do you think?
No. INFJ, for sure. She cared much too much about social propriety.
In fact, it is the commonly held opinion that Charlotte Bronte herself was an INFJ and Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights was an INFP.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey
"In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." Daniel 10:2-3
Viewed in historical perspective and reading all her introspections in the book, Jane is INFP not INFJ.
In the movies, she's usually played as INFJ. It's all in her reasons for giving him up. (They were not based on cultural values but the values of her own heart and the lack of respect shown her, the dishonesty that she'd have to engage in.)
As far as her being INFJ just because the author is thought to be INFJ, it's very hard to write a well rounded character based on one's exact personality, in fact this is called a biographical trap or something like that. It would make more sense that she'd create the more dynamic character played off her dear beloved sister who probably also drove her to distraction at times.
And Emily makes Cathy in WH a ENFJ.
Sisterly love captured for all time in great characters that live on and on.
I thought Helen Burns was a clearer INFP than Jane Eyre. Helen Burns was the friend at Lowood School who died of consumption. The one who had to hang a sign saying "slattern" around her neck at one point.
Nah, Helen was ISFJ. She put up with way too much shit just because the societal standards of the time expected her to.
Idealistic INFP would not put up with that for long.
It's been a fair few years since I last read the book, but from memory she put up with everything she did because of her own (Christian) ideals, not because of the societal standards of the time. If my memory isn't misleading me, ISFJ is a bit of a ridiculous call for her.