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Jane Eyre: Moor House
Transcript of Jane Eyre: Moor House
by Jane: "... in the gray, small, antique
structure, with its low roof,
its latticed casements, its
moldering walls, its avenue of
aged firs- all grown aslant under
the stress of mountain winds."
-pg 333 "Its garden, dark with yew
and holly- where no flowers
but the hardiest species
would bloom- found a charm
both potent and permanent.
pg 333 "...clung to this scene, I say, with a perfect attachment, I could comprehend the feeling and share both its strength and truth."
-pg 333 I felt the consecration of its lonliness: my eye feasted on the outline of swell and sweep- on the wild coloring communicated to ridge and dell by moss... These details were just to me what they were to them- so many pure and sweet sources of pleasure."
pg 333 Analysis of Moor House The remoteness ("lonliness") of Moor House provides the peace and seclusion Jane needs to find herself and her developing sense of individuality and strength. Unlike Thornfield, Moor house is not described in the romantisized tones that spiked Jane's imagination. Instead it is bland and shows the 'simplicity' of nature. The Moors:
In Romantic Literature, Moorlands were often places where characters faced emotional struggles, such as Jane's selfgrowth and the denial of her love for Rochester. The bare and rugged landscape helped to personify her struggles through nature. Jane's Personality Development(so far) Jane has several obvious changes to her personality that develop during her time as both a student and a teacher at Lowood.
On page 88 Jane summarizes the effects of her experience at Lowood:
"I availed myself fully of the advantages offered me. In time I rose to be first girl of the class: then I was vested with the office of teacher, which I discharged with zeal for two years...To her instruction(Miss Temple) I owed the best part of my aquirements; her friendship and society had been my continual solace: she had stood me in the stead of a mother, governess, and, latterly, companion...From the day she left I was no longer the same: with her was gone every settled feeling...I had imbibed from her something of her nature and much of her habits: more harmnious thoughts: what seemded better regulated feelings had become the inmates of my mind. I had given allegiance to duty and order: I was quiet, i believed i was content: to the eyes of others, usually even to my own, i appeared a disciplined and subdued character." At Thornfield Hall, Jane becomes restless, indicating her passionate side that is kept hidden by her reserve gained from Lowood and her beliefs about women's position in society.
Although she has gained independence from Lowood, Jane still feels like a restless animal at Thornfield because she wants to see more of the world(112):
"I could not help it: the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes...Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel; they need excercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do." Jane's Character Development at
Moor House Jane ends up at Moor House because she is trying to get Rochester out of her mind. At Moor House, Jane truly gains independence for the first time as well.
"You must be on your guard against her; you must
shun her example: if neccessary avoid her company"
-Mr. Brocklehurst, pg 69 " Twenty thousand pounds!' Here was a new stunner-I had been calculating on four or five thousand..." Jane, pg 364 "Then in a lower tone, but still loud enough for me to hear, 'I noticed her; I am a judge of physiognomy, and in her's I see all the faults of her class."-Lady Ingram, pg 173
2) She inherits from a rich uncle=financial independence 1) She has left her past behind=societal independence. Before, she was prejudged at Lowood to be a wicked child and at Thornfield she was in the position of governess(she is judged by society, particularly the large group of people staying with Rochester) Major Scene at
Moor House Love or Religion:
Jane denies St John's proposal.
She ultimatley must make a decision between her love and the religion that St John presents to her. Jane feels this threaten her
newly realized independence. "I am ready to go to India,
if I may go free."
-Jane, pg 384 Jane chooses love over religion as her "moral code." "You shall be mine: I claim you- not for my pleasure, but for my Sovereign's service."
-St John, pg 382 By choosing love Jane ultimately chooses to return to Rochester. However, her time at Moor House changed the dynamic of the love she felt for him. "At this period in my life, my heart far oftener swelled with thankfulness than sank with dejection and yet in the midst of this calm, this useful existence... I used to rush into strange dreams where I still again and again met Mr. Rochester."
Jane, pg 350 "Christian Religion in Jane Eyre." Associated Content. N.p., 20June2008. Web. 26 Apr 2011. <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/833731/christian_religion_in_jane_eyre.html>. Works Cited Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Clayton, DW: Prestwick House, Print. "Moorland." Moorland in Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr 2011. <http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/moorland/moorland-in-literature.html>.