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In your reading of Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre what aspects of the novel made the greatest impact on you the most and why?

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Coursework Question: In your reading of Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre what aspects of the novel made the greatest impact on you the most and why? What interested myself the most in Jane Eyre was Mrs Reed's relationship with Jane and the affects it had on Jane and viceversa. Mrs Reed had no real reason to dislike Jane since they were related to each other. The only reason I can come up with for Mrs Reeds' hatred of Jane is that she was greedy. Mrs Reed only wanted what was good for her as she had servants and maids to do look after the house and children to continue the family. Jane wasn't good for her as in her eyes Jane didn't give her anything back in return that was useful to her. Jane could've given Mrs Reed love but Mrs Reed didn't care for love as she didn't really love her own children; she they them for rides in the cart and dress them finely but this would make her looked good in front of others. Mrs Reed hated Jane so much she would lie about her in front of someone very important influential over Jane's future by saying to the headteacher of Jane's future school by saying "Guard against her worst fault, a tendency to deceit. ...read more.


Mr Brocklehurst is a lot like Mrs Reed in that he is keeping up his appearance to others by overseeing the running of a poor child's school with no real interest in the school. Mr Brocklehurst just like Mrs Reed as that she doesn't care about Jane, just that she looks good in front of others looking after an orphaned child. The part of the book which I found the most exciting was the whole build up and story about Mr Rochester and his mad wife. Right at the end of the tour given to Jane by Mrs Fairfax you begin to suspect something strange after hearing eerie laughter from the room on the third floor and sees a strange woman called Grace Poole came out of one of the rooms. "a laugh, struck my ears. It was a curious laugh - distinct, formal, mirthless. I stopped. The sound ceased, only for an instant. It began again, louder - for at first, though very distinct, it was very low. It passed off in a clamorous peel that seemed to echo in every lonely chamber, though it originated but in one, and I could of pointed out the door whence the accents came from." ...read more.


Jane, on the other hand, is unable have such blind faith. Her quest is for love and happiness in this world. Nevertheless, she counts on God for support and guidance in her search. St. John Rivers is an opposite of Edward Rochester. Whereas Rochester is passionate, St. John is austere and ambitious. Mr Rochester's eyes are often described by Jane as flashing and flaming, whereas she constantly associates St. John with rock, ice, and snow. Marriage with Rochester represents the relinquishment of principle for the consummation of passion, but marriage to St. John would mean giving up passion for principle. When he invites her to come to India with him as a missionary, St. John offers Jane the opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution to society than she would as a housewife. At the same time, life with St. John would mean life without true love, in which Jane's need for spiritual contentment would be filled only by a retreat into the recesses of her own soul. Independence would be accompanied by loneliness, and joining St. John would require Jane to neglect her own legitimate needs for love and emotional support. Jane's pondering over of St. John's proposal shows her to comprehend that, in a weird way, a large part of your personal freedom is found in a relationship of mutual emotional dependence. By John Dolan ...read more.

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