This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Jane Eyre Essay: Following The Moral Compass In Jane Eyre

1479 words - 6 pages

Following the Moral Compass in Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is the perfect novel about maturing: a child who is treated cruelly holds herself together and learns to steer her life forward with a driving conscience that keeps her life within personally felt moral bounds. I found Jane as a child to be quite adult-like: she battles it out conversationally with Mrs. Reed on an adult level right from the beginning of the book. The hardship in her childhood makes her extreme need for moral correctness believable. For instance, knowing her righteous stubborness as a child, we can believe that she would later leave Rochester altogether rather than living a life of love and luxury simply by overlooking a legal technicality concerning his previous marriage to a mad woman. Her childhood and her adult life are harmonious which gives the reader the sense of a complete and believable character.

            Actually, well into this book I was afraid it was going to be another one of those English countryside, woman-gets-married novels. I was reminded of a friend's comment a few years back to "avoid the Brontes like the plague." But of course there is a little more than courting going on here. For example, if you compare Jane with one of Jane Austen's young women coming into society, you have a bit more adventure, roughness, and connection to nature. I don't think a Jane Austen character would wander around the forest, sleeping without cover in the wilds of the night to prove a moral point. Jane Eyre can get dirt under her fingernails--that's the difference. You also get more emotion in Jane Eyre, you feel with her, deep hate (for Mrs. Reed), religious conviction (with St. John), and eternal love (for Rochester). Austen polishes her characters much more so that they are "proper and presentable." Jane's whole connection to nature made her fascinating. Notice how the reader has a sense of what season it is during the book by the plethora of "nature" comments that the author gives. She trusts the simplicity and rhythms of nature. This adds to the natural demeanor that she already has in the story. A nice effect.

            I feel the whole sleeping out in the forest thing was very important to this book. Jane is the type of character that needs to "run to the end of some spectrum" before she matures. She will either die doing it or become the person she wants to be. You get a sense of risk and iron-metal conscience which drives her to this. I think her bout with the forest has many purification symbols in it, and would be worth analyzing. She returns a larger person, not unlike Jesus returned a larger person from the desert (although for different reasons).

            The Gothic overtones were nice: the haunted mansion with a hidden room and a dark secret. Also the image of...

Find Another Essay On Jane Eyre Essay: Following the Moral Compass in Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Essay

860 words - 4 pages Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte reflects the contentions Jane faces as a child and while growing up. Bronte gives a distinct explanation of the struggles Jane has to face while living with the Reeds family. Bronte describes her life story under the name of Jane Eyre. Bronte faces many challenges while growing up, resembling Jane's life in the narrative. Jane Eyre is an autobiography of Charlotte Bronte's life, which proclaims many challenges and

Jane Eyre Essay

1351 words - 5 pages “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” (Bronte, Jane Eyre). This quote expresses Charlotte’s beliefs on women’s equalities. Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816. She was one of six children and lived in Yorkshire County England. She first worked as a governess in the Sidewick family then in the White family for only nine months. Charlotte wanted more for herself, and none of her jobs satisfied her

"Jane Eyre"

1112 words - 4 pages The novel "Jane Eyre" has been a book of many generations. It is very well written for the time it was portrayed. The sorrow and defeats a person goes through in their life is brought to the surface in "Jane Eyre", causing this novel to be a great book for college students to read in this day and time.Jane Eyre lost both her parents at a very young age, and was left to be raised by her mother's brother. Mr. Reed brought this parentless child

Jane Eyre

706 words - 3 pages “[An] example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, she thinks in a similar way. Bronte purposely has characters influence others in the novel so we can see personality changes. The dynamic character, Jane Eyre, is influenced by the example of others to make her the person she is. Aunt Reed affects Jane’s life in a way that Jane will always remember. For example, Aunt

jane eyre

765 words - 4 pages situation and slowly started to take action for equality. In the novel, Jane Eyre, Mr. Brocklehurst, Mr. Rochester, and St. John attempted to command women. Jane was not the type of woman to let a man control her. She was a very strong-willed and independent young woman. Although, Jane Eyre somewhat fits the Victorian woman’s image. The typical Victorian woman’s image consisted of elaborate dresses and heavy fabric. Because of Jane’s

Jane Eyre

802 words - 3 pages Literature displays an underlying truth about society. In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, the reader follows the struggle of a young girl known as Jane. Her life begins in a rich society with her aunt Mrs. Reed and three children. After, her parents died her uncle Mr. Reed took her into live with them. Mr. Reed, before he died, made his wife promise to keep Jane after he died. Mrs. Reed treated Jane very poorly and sent her to a

Jane Eyre

2397 words - 10 pages Jane Eyre     Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre can be linked to many fairy-tales. Some of these tales such as Charle’s Perrault’s Bluebeard, Arabian Nights, and many more are actually cited in the text. Others are alluded to through the events that take place in the story. Jane Eyre has often been viewed as a Cinderellatale for example. There is also another story, however, that though not mentioned directly, can definitely be linked to Bronte’s

Jane Eyre

3164 words - 13 pages "lovemad" woman in nineteenth-century literature. Jane Eyre is the story of a lovemad woman who has two parts to her personality (herself and Bertha Mason) to accommodate this madness. Charlotte Bronte takes the already used character of the lovemad woman and uses her to be an outlet for the confinement that comes from being in a male-dominated society. Jane has to control this madness, whereas the other part of her personality, her counterpart, Bertha

Sexism in Jane Eyre

1956 words - 8 pages articulated by Adrienne Rich in her essay entitled “Jane Eyre: The Temptations of a Motherless Woman,” when she states that Jane wants to “choose her life with dignity, integrity, and pride” (471). Even though Brontë depicts a woman who will not be bound by the mores of her society, she is not so exuberant as to have her protagonist proclaim: “I am woman, hear me roar.” The toning down of Jane’s demeanor and actions can be attributed to satisfy the

Gothicism in Jane Eyre

1211 words - 5 pages “In my recollection the spasm of agony which clutched my heart when Mrs. Reed spurned my wild supplication for pardon, and locked me a second time in the dark and haunted chamber.” (Bell). In the film Jane Eyre, Jane is portrayed as a very blunt and innocent girl who grows up to be a very honest governess at Thornfield Manor. Jane falls in love with her employer Mr. Rochester, master of Thornfield Manor. Jane’s tragic and unforgettable past as

Jane Eyre

854 words - 3 pages Many of the stereotypes now popularly associated with the word Victorian, especially in reference for gender issues in that era, the representation of women of the upper class in the whole decadent and dissolute, while the idealized middle-class women, by contrast, were selfless and morally upright sometimes almost ethereal being whose capable of keeping not only her children but also her husband in line morally. Bronte rejects through Jane much

Similar Essays

Jane Eyre Essay

1058 words - 5 pages more ladylike and she must do exactly as she is told to do. They both describe Jane as very independent and comment on how she doesn’t care about anyone opinions towards her, but she does care about their viewpoints towards her. Both of these men bring Jane’s personality into light, but they are not the only ones who bring Jane’s true personality and characteristics to life. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë uses character foils to display the

Jane Eyre Essay

1906 words - 8 pages In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre there are many occasions in which there is motifs about division and bias relations. Money was a major division between people in the Victorian Era. Family made people rise in the standings with others, If your family was rich or well known, then you were going to be well known and well liked. There are many situations in which Jane is thought of as poor and worthless, as well as having no family. In the

Jane Eyre Essay 795 Words

795 words - 4 pages Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre was a novel following the life of the main character Jane Eyre as she overcame early misfortunes and conflicts to develop into a strong, optimistic and independent woman. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is an attempt to expand and rewrite Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre by focusing on a character that was mentioned in the original novel itself, and this character is Bertha the madwoman in the attic. Both of these

Jane Eyre Essay

988 words - 4 pages 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