Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - The Victories of Jane Eyre Essay

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The Victories of Jane Eyre         

All people live by their own codes of conduct. Everyone, be they male or female, young or old, has their own sets of values, which they adhere to and which are unchanging even in the face of personal or societal pressures and conflicts to give them up. In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Jane is tempted many times to acquiesce to others' wishes and, thereby, give up her own moral standards and beliefs. Yet Jane remains steadfast in adhering to her personal code of conduct, namely to maintain feelings of high self-esteem, not to let herself be used and abused by others, and never to give up her religious convictions. Through many disappointments that she is
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She learns through this that inner resolve is her best weapon in life and that she must not be afraid to voice her opinion or to stand up for what she feels is right. In Lowood, a boarding school for orphans, Jane meets Helen Burns, a fellow student is to have a more lasting effect on Jane than anyone else that she will ever meet in her life. Helen, more than anything else, instills in Jane religious faith and spirituality. Jane learns from Helen to bear the harshness and rigidness of Lowood and to accept the many injustices of life, whatever they may be, traits that Helen embodies to the full. Helen, who is even willing to die and bear torture for her religious convictions, teaches Jane to put religion first in her life. The combination of courage to stand up for what you believe in and religious faith enables Jane to do battle against injustice in the future. When Jane meets Edward Rochester, her employer at Thornfield whose age and status are well above Jane's own, she manages to keep her cool in the face of his surly and obnoxious questions. In fact, Jane shows confidence in front of her employer and answers his inquiries truthfully and openly, a trait which Rochester admires and eventually comes to love in Jane. At Thornfield, Jane displays strength of character by caring for Adele as a mother would, and by trying to bring Rochester to appreciate Adele, a feeling which Adele needs and wants in him, her only father figure. Jane, in addition, comes to