Jane Eyre Theme Essay (rough draft)
Independence, the capacity to manage ones own affairs, make one’s own judgments, and provide for one’s self. Jane Eyre herself is a very independent woman. Throughout her life she has depended on very few people for very little. Charlotte Brontë wants the reader to learn that independence can open many doors of possibilities.
Jane in her younger years was practically shunned by everyone and was shown very little love and compassion, from this throughout her life she searches for these qualities through those around her. Due to Jane’s mother’s disinheritance she was disowned by Mrs. Reed and her children, and was treated like a servant consistently reminded that she lacked position and wealth.
“I do this real moron thing, it is called thinking, and I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.” This was said by George Carlin, which really applies to Jane Eyre’s situation, whose opinions are not considered or even heard of. There was always some form of resistance against Jane whenever she tried to stand up for herself or her needs, and when she did she was put back into her place as being one of a troublemaker.
Throughout Jane Eyre, Jane manages to achieve success over the male power, which seems to be her largest accomplishment. Jane overcame those who caused her much bane. Jane had to overcome many obstacles of male power; one was of when she lived at Gateshead and was tormented by Jon Reed. John constantly wreaked so much havoc and turmoil on Jane. He constantly told her she was destined to fail in life, which in the end it ended up being the other way around. In due time John Reed dies, leaving Jane exceeding him in life which no one thought would take place.
Eventually, Jane was shipped off to Lowood. At this point Jane was now under the authority of Mr. Brocklehurst. From what Mr. Brocklehurst hears from Mrs. Reed, he perceives Jane to be an insolent little girl and treats her very crudely. He imposes an overbearing morality while doing nothing about the terrible conditions that take a horrible toll on some but build a strength and deep conviction in young Jane. Eight years later Jane decides to declare her independence and move away from Lowood, in doing this she opens a door in which leads her in the direction of other opportunities.
Another sign of Jane’s independence was when she became eighteen, decided to leave Lowood and start a new beginning on her own to explore the world and fulfill the emptiness that she feels. In leaving Lowood Jane is enabled to experience more opportunities; love and romance, moving to Thornfield, making new close friends, also proving those that did not believe that she would ever come to...