Jane Eyre Themes

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Themes in Jane Eyre Jane Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte. This novel is about a girl and her journey through life. There are a variety of themes in the novel. A few are: love verses autonomy, religion, and social class. Charlotte Bronte creatively displays these themes for the duration of the book. Charlotte Bronte shows life lessons Jane must learn through each theme in the story. Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. Autonomy is known as freedom from external control or influences. Throughout the novel Jane is on a quest to be loved or feel significant to someone or anyone. When Jane goes to Lowood she builds a relationship with Helen Burns. Jane says to Helen: “to gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest” ( 8 ). Jane's idea that she has to choose between love and independence ignites her refusal to marry Rochester. She feels that in order for her to marry him she has to prove her self-importance to herself. Eventually Jane receives inheritance and feels equal with Rochester. Due to her sudden wealth she feels the marriage can be between two equals. Another significant theme is religion. In the novel Jane struggles between moral duty and obligation to faith. Charlotte Bronte provides three major religious figures: Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen Burns, and St. John Rivers. Mr Brocklehurst has his own type of religion where he makes the girls at Lowood go through cruel and unusual punishments to cleanse them of sin. As told in the novel Mr. Brocklehurst cuts Helen's naturally curly hair to make it lie flat like all the other girls. Helen Burns however, has a drastically different religion. She tells Jane, “My maker is yours; who will
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