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Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë Essay

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Jane Eyre, a conscientious young governess, tells her master, Mr. Rochester, that she dislikes speaking nonsense. Mr. Rochester tells her quite frankly, "If you did, it would be in such a grave, quiet manner, I should mistake it for sense...I see you laugh rarely; but you can laugh very merrily: believe me, you are not naturally austere" (141). In this way is the inner struggle between feelings and judgment recognized and revealed. In Charlotte Brontë's novel, Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, St. John Rivers, and Jane Eyre all struggle with feelings versus judgment.
Mr. Rochester is irresistibly driven by his feelings. He carries a long history of ignoring sound judgment, including his hasty and ...view middle of the document...

"(370) St. John says about the physical manifestations of his feelings for Miss Oliver, "I scorn the weakness. I know it is ignoble: a mere fever of the flesh...Know me to be what I am--a cold, hard man" (381) St. John loves Miss Oliver passionately, but refuses to act on his strong feelings because he acknowledges the fact that "she is not the partner suited to [him]" (380). Instead, he proposes marriage to Jane because she is "formed for labour, not for love" (409)--even on the topic of marriage, he gives preference to practicality and judgment over feelings of love.
Jane Eyre struggles continually and with varied success to quell her feelings with judgment. Before Lowood, she has passionate outbursts, but she leaves the school as master over her feelings and reliant on her own judgment. When she first begins to fall in love with Mr. Rochester, she attempts to crush her feelings with prudence by "looking into [her] heart, examining its thoughts and feelings, and endeavoring to bring back with a strict hand such as had been straying through imagination's boundless and trackless waste, into the safe fold of common sense" (162). Despite fierce resistance, her feelings eventually conquer her judgment. Jane's greatest struggle between feelings and judgment comes after she learns the truth about the lunatic living...

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