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Jane Eyre (Archetypes)
Transcript of Jane Eyre (Archetypes)
A quest is a journey or trial a hero must undertake in order to find some object or achieve some goals. Usually the quest is a difficult adventure the hero must go through. It will test the hero in many ways but untimately they will ge to their goals by fulfil their goals.
Jane Eyre also falls under this archetype. She is challenge from the start of her childhood till her present age. Jane's quest is to find true love, a sense of importance and independence. As she is growing up she develops morals and those cause some difficulty with certain situations.
EX: Jane does not marry Rochester because he is already married to Bertha.
Loss of Innocence
The loss of inncocence happens when a character's life is changed because of a significant event. Because of the event the character will have a different, more experienced outlook on their life.
One of the event that occured in Jane's life was the death of Helen Burns, during her time at Lowood. Helens death affected Jane's by getting rid of Jane's naive character replacing it with a more mature prospective of life, more like how Helen before she died.
Jane with Helen
Jane with Miss Temple
Archetypes that fit Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre's story falls in the more than one archetype. Many of the story elements, characters and relationships that appear throughout the book are some how associated with an archetype.
The Villian archetype is about a person who acts in evil in order to stop the hero from reaching their quest or destiny. The villian usually represent sin or greed. They also tend to face death, ironically brought by their own flaws.
The villian of this story would best fit Ms. Reed. She basically traumatized the poor kid and made her hate the Reeds. She builds up so much anger in Jane when she was a child and living with them. Ms. Reed derives Jane of love, care, family and fortune because of selfish reasons. Her hatred for Jane only increases as Jane is old enough to defend herself and even on her death bed, she still admits of not liking Jane.
"Silence! This violence is all most repulsive:" and so, no doubt, she felt it. I was a precocious actress in her eyes: she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity" (Bronte 11).
The Mother Figure
The mother figure is the person who may not be the characters real mother but will be their for the character to guide and direct them. They are usually thought of as the "Fairy God Mother" like in Cinderella.
In Jane's case her mother figure would be Ms. Temple. She believed all of Jane's childhood stories and cleared Ms. Reeds accusations against Jane.
" I resolved, in depth of my heart, that i would be most moderate ......I told her all the story of my sad childhood.....Thus restrained and simplified it sounded more credible: I felt as i wend on that Miss Temple fully believed me" (Bronte 60).
Jane and Rochester's relationship falls under the crossed lovers archetype. Crossed lovers is an archetype that is associated with a love relationship. The two characters will fall madly in love but their relationship will be doomed from the beginning and there will be a barrier in their relationship. In Jane and Rochester's case, his first marriage to Bertha stops them from being married. "The marriage cannot go on: I declare the existence of an impediment" (Bronte 254). One thing that differs in Jane Eyre is that in the end they have a happy ending instead of the tragic ending like in Romeo and Juliet.
Another archetype with a slight deviation that is in Jane Eyre is the archetype of the orphan. This archetype is associated with the feeling of abandonment. In this archetype the character has a constant need to continuously please others in order to feel loved and safe. This archetype appears throughout Jane's life. The difference with Jane is that she unlike others, is not afraid to speak her mind; she stands up for herself. She also is able to accept her life and because of that she is very independent and has high morals. " The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more i will respect myself" (Bronte 280).
Archetypes That Have Minor Deviations
Loss of innocence
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