Jane Eyre Essay

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"You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of kindness; but I can not live so: and you have no pity." (p.45)

     A prevailing theme of Jane Eyre is Jane's ceaseless search for love and acceptance. Jane journeys throughout England in search of love, which she has been deprived of at Gateshead. As a young girl of eight, she plainly seeks comfort and care, but following her departure from Lowood, her maturation creates her desire for love. Jane's plight is her lack of love which drives her to restlessly search for it, during her journey's through Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield, and Marsh End.
     Jane's search begins at Gateshead, during her struggle under
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Ms.Temple makes Jane feel significant and gives Jane a taste of what she needs to continue her pursuit for love.
     Jane's search continues at Thornfield. She has now matured into a young adult, and finds her life as agoverness rather dull and limited. She lacks a sense of fufillment and finds limited affection from Adele and Mrs.Fairfax. When Jane first encounters Mr. Rochester, the focus of her life shifts. Jane becomes nervous about exposing her hidden feelings for Mr.Rochester as she is unsure about his feelings towards her. She shields her inner feelings from Mr. Rochesters manipulative way of conversation. Jane secretly loves Mr. Rochester but feels that she physically lacks the qualities to act upon her feelings. This is evident during when Jane looks into the mirror at Thornfield and describes herself. She is furthur discouraged by Mr. Rochester's shceme with Blanche Ingram. It comes to Jane as a surprise when Mr. Rochester begs of her love and marriage.
     When Jane discovers the impposibility of marriage with Mr. Rochester, her dreams become shattered and she feels the burden of deceit and pity for herself. Her feelings are further dampened by her homeless struggle on the streets after running away from Thornfield. She finds St. John who offers her conditional love and marriage, based on her willingness to devote her life towards god. Jane realizes that St. John's proposal concerns

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