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Ms Eyre has a very strong religious faith which helps her choose the right path in moments of crisis. - How far and in what ways do you find this to be the case?

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?Ms Eyre has a very strong religious faith which helps her choose the right path in moments of crisis.? - How far and in what ways do you find this to be the case? ?Jane Eyre? by Charlotte Bronte is a first person narrative written in the Nineteenth Century. Throughout this period Religion was a dominant aspect of daily life. However it is in this novel that these traditional ideas are tested by Bronte and her Romanticist ideologies. These are portrayed through the character of Ms Eyre. The novel begins at Gateshead, the house in which Jane lives with her Aunt, Mrs Reed and three children. Throughout this section of the novel it becomes clear that Jane has a very childish and undeveloped understanding of Religion. This is particularly evident in Jane?s encounters with Mrs Reed. During one of the many disputes between Jane and Mrs Reed, Jane protests ?My uncle Reed is in heaven, and can see all you do and think.? Asides from the childlike tone which indicated immaturity. We can also see a lack of understanding in the words spoken by Jane. The statement is true of the general belief in the Nineteenth Century; however, the way in which Jane repeats this information shows minimal understanding of heaven. She talks of it in a supernatural and literal way rather than taking into consideration the symbolism of heaven. ...read more.

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She challenges Rochester?s debates with insightful statements such as ?remorse is the poison of life with ?repentance? said to be its cure. Rochester does not see Jane as a social inferior, as her boldness and surety of belief has been shown. In this case religion helps Jane to settle in to her new surroundings and depict herself as an intelligent and respected woman. After a long period of time spent at Thornfield, Jane gets news of her sick Aunt, Mrs Reed. This results in Jane leaving Mr Rochester in order to return to Gateshead. When in the company of the dying Mr Reed, Jane gives her great sympathy. She explains that she had once vowed that she would ?never call her aunt again? but she was now willing to ?break that vow.? This shows that she has learnt from Helens advice to ?love your enemies? and therefore marks her personal progression with religion. In this crisis it is evident that religion has helped Jane to overcome her bitterness towards Mrs Reed in order to do the moral thing. Upon her return to Thornfield, Jane and Rochester?s relationship intensifies, which is confirmed by Rochester?s proposal to Jane. At this point in the novel Jane?s infatuation with Rochester begins to come between herself and her religious faith. She describes Rochester as her ?hope of heaven? and explains that ?he stood between [her] and every thought of religion.? In these quotes it appears that Jane is close to sin as she talks of Rochester as a godly figure. ...read more.

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Which is highly against the beliefs of Rivers. Another moment in which we see a split in their ideas is when Rivers proposes to Jane. He refers to Jane being his wife as a ?noble career? ? a duty to God. This implies no feelings of love or lust. However Jane cannot commit to this. He concludes that she will no ?abandon herself? in a heartless marriage, but instead ?giver her heart to God? which implies that regardless of Jane's strong religious faith she is still determined to find happiness amongst humanity. Jane finally returns to Rochester. This allows us to understand that Jane's passion is still an important part of her. However as she gave Rochester time to repent we can also see that she has found a balance between her passion and religious faith. The novel is concluded with a religious quote ? ?Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!? which contrasts to the passionate scene in which Rochester and Jane are re-united. This again emphasises balance that Jane has found between religion and passion. However when analysing Jane?s journey with religion is not as simple as to say she has always had a ?very strong religious faith.? As the reader it is clear that at times Jane questions or even doubts her religious views. However this helps Jane find her way in the struggle to find a religious equilibrium. ...read more.

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