• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In what ways is the theme of passion versus reason explored in the third section?

Extracts from this document...


In What Ways Is The Theme Of Passion Versus Reason Explored In The Third Section? Passion versus reason can be seen throughout the whole novel but Charlotte Bront� has mainly highlighted it in section three. The main characters who undergo passion and reason are Jane, Rochester and St. John Rivers. Passion mainly reflects on Jane and Rochester because it's their passion that brings them back together. Reason or duty mostly reflects on St. John Rivers, he is the man who proposes to Jane to join him to do missionary work in India because he believes that it is Gods will that sent Jane to him neither as a cousin, nor a friend but as a wife to a missionary. The contrasts between these two are that Jane decides her fate due to passion while St. John decides his fate mostly on reason and duty. Passion versus reason is explored in this novel in many ways. The two main relationships between passion and reason is the relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester and St. John and Jane. Jane is very much the main character of the novel. She searches, not just for romantic love, but also for a sense of being appreciated. ...read more.


He doesn't want reason to take over duty like it did with Jane. He is trying to give reason the blind eye. In his judgment, marrying Jane is not a sin, but it is a step towards helping another innocent, lonely human being such as Jane. "I longed to be his; I panted to return: it was not too late ... I had injured - wounded - left my master. I was hateful in my own eyes. Still, I could not turn, nor retrace one step." Pg 339 This shows how much Jane honestly loves Rochester and would like to stay with him. It is almost unbearable for her to know that she hurt him. Even when she has left, she pauses and wonders if she has done the correct thing. If she has made the right decision by leaving him. Is reason more important than passion, and could she be mistaken by the decision and regret it. This leaves Jane to think about her decision. Yet we could see that reason is takes over passion, however passion is trying it's best to fight back and gain a victory. When Jane was accepted into the Rivers family, and after she opened the village school she learns that she has everything she needs. ...read more.


Later Jane tells St. John that she will marry him; however as soon as she told him this statement, she begins to hear Rochester's voice in the air and runs from St. John. Here, the battle between passion and reason concerns the decision to marry St. John and go with him to India. Jane's does not wish to marry St. John, as he would not love her, though merely approve of her actions. It would appear reasonable to marry St. John if she did go to India yet she wants a marriage where there is passion and commitment involved. Leaving with St. John to India would also mean that she would never see Rochester again; she believes he has left England already and so there would be no reason to remain in England searching for her true love, however she still loves him and is hoping for a chance were she could join up with him and live a passionate and happy life. In the third section of the novel we see that Jane is the perfect balance between passion and reason because she left Rochester for reason, which was because of Bertha Mason. Yet as she lives with the Rivers she learns to control her reason over passion. Ultimately resulting her to gain a long expected victory which was to live happily with Rochester. Sean Ranabahu ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Compare and Contrast the Characters of Rochester and St. John Rivers

    However, Jane recognizes that if she accepts him as her husband she will be crushed, she will lose her identity just as surely as if she had become Rochester's mistress and this is why she runs away from St John, back to Thornfield.

  2. St. John Rivers and Edward Rochester contrasted

    When they are compared and contrasted, they are like indeed, as Mr. Rochester says, Apollo and a Vulcan. St. John's character is not outgoing. He keeps to himself and his job, but you find out through Jane's eyes that for such a beautiful person St.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work