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Jane Eyre Essay

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“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows that I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.” (Bronte, Location 3229 Kindle Edition)

Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre displays a struggle with society and individualism as well as a journey of a character who longs to belong somewhere, to someone. Bronte unravels a young character who is cast from a home where she was isolated from love and sends her out into the world for her discover society and herself. Her life as a child was filled with resentment from her ...view middle of the document...

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Bronte, Location 849 Kindle Edition).Throughout the novel, women carry a certain role in society and as Jane reaches her late teens, we see her enter the world of adulthood. She becomes a governess for Adele and lives at Mr. Rochester’s home. She enters with an open mind to being a governess to the child, not knowing much of the world. Except what was taught at Lowood. The beliefs of Christianity and knowing your place in the world which was installed by the institution, left Jane with no true expectations of what life would bring to her. She soon meet Mr. Rochester and over time grows to love him. While he was forward with his own emotions, the feeling of belonging to a place warmed Jane’s heart to open it to another person. She however, felt unworthy and would compare herself to other women. She believed she had no great value to Mr. Rochester due to the fact she had no financial gain if a relationship blossomed and due to her plain appearance, she could not be a good fit. When Bronte wrote this novel, Mr. Rochester aroused a variety of negative emotions and was at first conceived that no decent girl could possibly love him yet he is loved by a decent girl, Jane, who for the first time dreams of her life in the future tense ( Showalter, 140). Bronte created a heroine of the character, Jane. Jane is stronger than the women shown in this novel and different from society. She doesn’t flip her hair and appear as though there isn’t an intelligent thought in her head. She absorbs knowledge, loves to read and holds values to herself through the religious background she has always known. While the other women in the novel that come to stay at Mr. Rochester’s, their qualities are factored by their looks and their families establishment within society. They are looked at superficially and Jane is the opposite of this. Mr. Rochester learns to love her for her intelligence and her strong appearance and that the views of society aren’t her first concern.
Bronte finally allows Mr. Rochester to open up to Jane and confess his feelings. She accepts his proposal and we see Jane in an awkward light. She is doted on and is opened up to a world involving nice clothes and fortune that she never knew. The reader see her feeling like an outsider, not knowing how to adjust to this type of lifestyle. When Jane learns that Mr. Rochester is married, she is broken by having the first person to truly care for her, hurt her and she turns to the religion that was instilled into her, telling her that she cannot marry him and that she must leave. Her faith keeps her alive when she falls on the doorstep of a minister and Bronte shows us a different view of society. She briefly shows us...

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