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Jane Eyre

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Rodrigo Herrera

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Themes - Love Versus Autonomy
- Religion
- Social Class Love Versus Autonomy Jane searches for:

· Not just for real or romantic love
for example: Mr Rochester, but as well from her friends (Helen Burns) or teachers (Mrs Temple) she care about. (remainder: Jane was an orphan girl who leaved with her aunt and his cousins which treated her in a bad way).
· As an orphan at Gateshead, Jane is oppressed and dependent. For Jane to discover herself, she must break out of these restrictive conditions and find love and independence which will then lead to gain autonomy and trust in herself.
· The first time we see love versus autonomy is when Jane decides to refuse MR. Rochester marriage proposal because he was still legally married to Bertha and she wanted things to go well.
· On the other hand, Janes life at the Moor's House try to test her in a different way. Here is were she has economic independence and useful work, teaching and yet she has insuficient emotional sustenance.
· quote (Chap 27) “. . . soothe him; save him; love him; tell him you love him and will be his. Who in the world cares for you? or who will be injured by what you do?” Still indomitable was the reply: “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself."
· Moor's house helps Jane to create autonomy and self-sufficiency which then leads to her aproval on Rochester's marriage proposal.
Religion Social Class · In this novel Charlotte Brontë shows a critical view from Victorian's England and the strict social hierarchy in that times.

· Jane Eyre as a Governess is an example. With this Brontë shows the dificulty that someone with that "work" have to be part of the society.

· Ambiguous class standard: On the one hand Jane’s manners and education are those of an aristocrat (Victorian governesses, who tutored children in academics, needed to have the “culture” of the aristocracy). On the other hand as her working as employees (paid) , she was somehow treated as servants (Chapter 23) "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!—I have as much soul as you—and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you."

· As well Jane double standard makes her relationship with Rochester difficult because of him being a high class and she being a simple governess, this therefore gets to the conclusion that "she is his intellectual, but not his social, equal."

· In conclusion Jane marrie Rochester when she recieved his uncle inheritance and they were in equal conditions.
Aristocracy: People who were
considered to be of high class · She encounters three main religious figures: Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen Burns, and St. John Rivers.
· Mr. Brocklehurst illustrates the dangers and hypocrisies in the nineteenth-century Evangelical movement. Mr. Brocklehurst adopts the rhetoric of Evangelicalism when he claims to be purging his students of pride, but his method of subjecting them to various privations and humiliations
· Helen Burns’s has a humble and tolerant mode of Christianity. Even though it is too passive for Jane to adopt as her own, but still she loves and admires Helen for it.
· St. John Rivers provides another model of Christian behavior. His is a Christianity of ambition, glory, and extreme self-importance. Urges Jane to sacrifice her emotional needs for the fulfillment of her moral duty, offering her a way of life that would require her to be disloyal to her own self.
· Her religious path is not hateful and oppressive like Brocklehurst’s, nor does it require retreat from the everyday world as Helen’s and St. John’s religions do. For Jane, religion helps curb immoderate passions, and it spurs one on to worldly efforts and achievements. These achievements include full self-knowledge and complete faith in God
Love: Is any of a number of emotions related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure ("I loved that meal") to intense interpersonal attraction ("I love my wife").
Autonomy: Is often used as the basis for determining moral responsibility for one's actions
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