Searching for Love in Jane Eyre

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ENGL 1010-76U 5 December 2012 Searching for Love in Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is a narrated journey taken throughout the main character's life from childhood to adult. The reader can see that Jane is an orphan, an outcast child who does not seem to belong or feel loved by anyone in her life. Jane spends a large portion of her life seeking out love. She is even willing to put herself in harms way to achieve a semblance of love. Throughout her experiences in the novel, Jane comes to realize that she struggles with losing her self-sufficiency by sacrificing all for love. As she achieves independence she discovers that love can be found on equal footing without losing oneself in the process. Jane Eyre begins with the character Jane narrating her own story in a way that shows her innermost thoughts and feelings. We are brought into the story as readers and made aware of Jane's strong desire for a sense of love from her family in her aunt and her cousins. Her need for this is not only just to feel cared for and nurtured, but to feel a sense of belonging. Jane's desire for belonging is so strong that it overpowers even her need to care for herself. Upon being abandoned by her biological family and sent to Lowood school, Jane forges a bond with her teacher, Miss Temple and her schoolmate, Helen. It is clear that being cast out by her family causes Jane to yearn even more for a real love in her life and be willing to do almost anything to achieve it. While in boarding school Jane tells her friend that "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” (82). As Jane continues on her journey, she becomes a young woman with a desire for independence yet still

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