Reflection on Jane Eyre
"That strange little figure there gazing at me, with a white face and arms specking the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit." This was the painful reaction of young Jane Eyre to her own horrifying ten-year-old reflection in the mirror . This reflection illustrates the harsh and fearful childhood of a strong-willed girl in the beginning of Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. Set in the mid-nineteenth century on the English countryside Jane Eyre tells the story of one orphan's troubled childhood and her yearning to belong to someone somewhere as she matures into an adult. Jane Eyre is a story replete with romance, morality, mystery, and coincidence.
After the death of her parents, Jane lives in the house of her aunt, Sarah Reed. Sarah only allows Jane to stay in her house because of a promise Sarah made to her brother who was on his death bed. However, Sarah regrets her promise, despises Jane from the beginning, and blames her for every disturbance between her own children and Jane despite the fact the Reed children usually instigate the arguments. Jane is finally sent away to boarding school where she encounters mal-nourishment, embarrassment, and punishment. She also endures the loss of a good friend to disease. She does, however, receive an education and from there she is able to acquire a job as a tutor. While tutoring the adopted daughter of Edward Rochester, son of a wealthy land owner, Jane finds herself quite attracted to Rochester.
After some time has past and several obstacles have been overcome, Rochester professes his love for Jane quite unexpectedly and she impulsively agrees to marry him. However, their engagement is seen as morally incorrect because of the great difference in their ages. Also, several...