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St. John And Jane Eyre Essay

1687 words - 7 pages

The ability to express our intentions and have others see our point of view makes one sympathetic. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte follows the story of a rebellious young girl who matures into a stable woman. During her life journey, Jane encounters many people including St. John. St. John is has devoted his life to God and wishes to bring Jane to India with him. St. John is a sympathetic character because he truly believes that his commitment to his religion will benefit him in the after life.
Because Jane is the narrator, the reader is given a biased point of view that St. John’s character is unfavorable. Throughout Jane’s life she has had oppressive male figures dominate her life, such as John Reed and Mr. Brocklehurst; thus, Jane can conditioned herself to be apprehensive when confronting men. After gaining her physical and emotional strength back, Jane studies St. John’s character. Jane’s first impression of St. John is pessimistic, she states “Had he been a statue instead of a man, he could not have been easier”(Bronte 329). By comparing St. John to a statue the reader is forced to see St. John as someone who is cold and rigid. Jane sets up the perception that St.John is disconnected from human feelings. Jane also presents a biased view of men when she first meets Rochester, who later becomes her husband. Furthermore, Jane’s first impressions of Rochester are also negative. Upon first being introduced to Rochester, after he asked to see her, Jane comments, “But it appeared he was not in the mood to notice us, for he never lifted his head as we approached. . . There was something in the forced stiffed bow, in the impatient yet formal tone, which he seemed to further expresses”(Bronte 111). Upon meeting Rochester for the first time, Jane immediately jumps to the conclusion that Rochester is unsentimental towards Jane. Because Rochester does not immediately acknowledge Jane and giver her all his attention, Jane feels threatened and offended. Jane’s character causes an over analyzation of a simple occurrences; therefore, both Rochester and St. John’s demeanor are perceived through a pessimistic view that the reader is obliged to believe.
Jane’s first encounter with St. John shows that St. John is a humble character. After abandoning Rochester’s house, Jane is left to find shelter for herself. Unfortunately, Jane is unable to find a stable home. Being fully independent and starving, Jane says “Not a tie holds me to a human society at this moment- not a charm or hope calls me where my fellow- creatures are- none that saw me would have a kind thought or good wish for me”(Bronte 307). At this moment in Jane’s life, she has lost all hope. Jane realizes she is completely alone. In her helpless state Jane is unable to find comfort with anyone and she begins to feel abandoned by society. When Jane leaves Rochester’s house, she wanders aimlessly until she stubbles up the Rivers estate. When Jane arrives at the Rivers residence Hannah, Diana and Mary...

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