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Jane Eyre- Themes and Motifs

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Transcript of Jane Eyre- Themes and Motifs

Themes and Motifs Jane Eyre Lies and Deception Appearance vs. Reality Friendships Freedom VS. Confinement Chapters 24-26 1.“Good-night, my-" He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”

Analysis: In these few words Jane is confined by Rochester's feelings and emotions towards her. She is being pulled into his ways and falls in love with him.

2. “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!”

Analysis: This quote has both freedom and confinement. She is confined by the amount of "beauty and weath" God gave her but she wants to be free by her saying “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!" because to me she is saying 'I can do whatever I want if I put my mind to it even if people don't think I can.'

3. “I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me.”

Analysis: Jane is confined by her heart in this quote due to not having the courage or strength to leave Rochester at this time. She wants the freedom from him to be herself but she falls for him more every time. Chelsea Amanda Conway Ciara Chapters 24-26 Chapters 27-29 Chapters 30-37 Despite having many times in the novel focusing on Jane's plain looks, Mr. Rochester here is saying he sees her as the most beautiful woman in the world. Jane protests against him viewing her so, as she feels he must go into the marriage seeing her for who she truly is so that he will not be disappointed later. "'You are a beauty in my eyes, and a beauty just the desire of my heart - delicate and aerial.'
'Puny and insignificant, you mean. You are dreaming sir - or are you sneering? For God's sake, don't be ironical!'
'I will make the world acknowledge you a beauty, too,' he went on, while I really became uneasy at the strain he had adopted, because I felt he was either deluding himself or trying to delude me. 'I will attire my Jane in satin and lace, and she shall have roses in her hair; and I will cover the head I love best with a a priceless veil.'
'And then you won't know me sir; and I shall not be you jane Eyre any longer, but an ape in a harlequin's jacket - a jay in borrowed plumes. I would as soon see you, Mr. Rochester, tricked out in stage - trappings, as myself clad in a court-lady's robe; and I don't call you hadsome sir, though I love you most dearly; far too dearly to flatter you. Don't flatter me.'"
(Chapter 24) "Turning to me, as she took some loaves from the oven, [Hannah] asked me bluntly -
'Did you ever go a-begging afore you came here?'
I was indignant for a moment; but remembering that anger was out of the question, and that I had indeed appeare as a beggar to her, I answered quietly, but still not without a certain marked firmness -
'You are mistaken in supposing me a beggar. I am no beggar; any more than yourself or your young ladies.'
(Chapter 29) Hannah at first assumes that she is pretending to be a beggar in order to, with her unseen accomplices, steal from the household. However, even once this initial suspicion is dispelled, Hannah still assumes that Jane is a beggar due to her lack of money and, seemingly, home. "I entered the shop; a woman was there. Seeing a respectably dressed person, a lady as she supposed, she came forward with civility. How could she serve me? I was seized with shame; my tongue would not utter the request I had prepared. I dared not offer her the half-worn gloves, the creased handkerchief; besides, I felt it would be absurd." (Chapter 28) Here Jane appears to the shopkeeper to be a lady of class, and one with money to spend. However, at this moment Jane, despite her well-off appearance and dress, she is penniless. Conversely, "I had found a brother: one I could be proud of,--one I could love; and two sisters whose qualities were such that, when I knew them but as mere strangers, they had inspired me with genuine affection and admiration. The two girls on whom, kneeling down on the wet ground, and looking through the low, latticed window of Moor House kitchen, I had gazed...were my near kinswomen, and the young and stately gentleman who had found me almost dying at his threshold was my blood relation.



Jane has found friendship in Mary and she is showing it in this line. "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. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man.


Jane to Rochester "'I am no better than the old lightning-struck chestnut-tree in Thornfield orchard,' he remarked ere long. 'And what right would that ruin have to bid a budding woodbine cover its decay with freshness?'
'You are no ruin, sir--no lightning-struck tree: you are green and vigorous. Plants will grow about your roots, whether you ask them or not, because they take delight in your bountiful shadow; and as they grow they will lean towards you, and wind round you, because your strength offers them so safe a prop.'" (Chapter 37) Mr. Rochester considers himself to be wholly broken and useless, just as the chestnut tree has become after being struck with lightning, and his outward appearance would do nothing but support this conclusion. His blindness and missing hand provide outer proof of the flaws shown earlier in the story, but Jane sees more than the outer appearance he does. She sees the strength that she has seen since the beginning of the story, that has not been marred as his physical appearance has. Chapters 30-37 Chapters 27-29 "Mr. Rochester was not to me what he had been, for he was not what I had thought him. I would not ascribe vice to him; I would not say he had betrayed me but the attribute of stainless truth was gone from his idea; and from his presence I must go, that I perceived well." (ch. 26) "No more I ought," said she: "Mr. St. John tells me so too; and I see I wor wrang--but I've clear a different notion on you now to hat I had. You look a raight down dacent little crater." Ch.29 '"Pilot knows me, and John and Mary know I am here. I came only this evening" I answered.
"Great God!--what delusion has come over me? What sweet madness has seized me?"' In this instance deception used purposely. To play with Mr. Rochester's mind Jane doesn't annouce herself. She even pretends to be someone else for a moment. The deception is used to increase the overpowering need that both parties have for each other. Add an air of mystery so to speak. Mr. Rochester lied to Jane. Making her believe that marrying was an option. However, it was not, yet she refuses to betray him or his name. Just escape the pain he placed upon her. Jane is cast out based on the fact that she appeared to be something in which she wasn't.
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