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    Post Is Jane Eyre INFP?

    I wanted to know what type of idealist Charlotte Brontė's character Jane Eyre is. Seems like INFP to me. What do you think? Might be INFJ as well.

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    Haven't read it in a long time, but yeah that sounds right.

    Refusing to marry the rich guy because his crazy wife was still alive screams Fi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLessard View Post
    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.
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    I think Jane Eyre is an INFJ.

    And yes, just judging from the books Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, it would make sense that Charlotte would be INFJ and Emily an INFP.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld View Post
    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.

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    Well, you could be right...I don't remember the details that well.
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    From what I remember reading, she was definitely an INFx. Couldn't tell you J or P.

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