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St. John Rivers

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St. John Rivers Jane's relationship with St. John is not of romantic nature. At first, when St. John was introduced to us, she saw him as a handsome individual - but now that we have found out that they are related, she no longer views him in this way, but as a brother. St. John wants to take Jane to India with him as his wife, an idea that she doesn't agree with because of the fact that they are cousins; she would go with him apart from the fact that if she goes, she must marry him. St. John would be attractive to many women because he has "a Greek face" which is "very pure in outline". ...read more.


She tells St. John to "abandon" his scheme of marriage, and to "forget it" because she feels so strongly against it. Jane's relationship with St. John is similar to that with Helen Burns because she looks up to, and respects St. Johns way of looking at life according to his faith in the same way she did with Helen at the time she spent with her at Lowood. Even though she respects their views on their faith, in both cases she does not wish to alter her own beliefs because of St. Johns or Helens beliefs. She has her own faith, and is not influenced by their beliefs. ...read more.


He deserves this honour because he gives up almost everything that is important to a normal human being - including love, when he refuses marriage to Miss Oliver even though he loves her. Also, he does a lot of things for his community, for example, helps starts a school and works at the local parish. He is willing to work hard in his life to gain his place in heaven, which is why he does not fear death and is waiting for his "Master" to come and take him. Jane says that "No fear of death will darken St. Johns last hour" - which also helps to back up my suggestion that he does not fear death. He believes his "Master" is calling him to his heaven, and he responds by saying "Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!". Rob James ...read more.

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