Jane Eyre’s Transformation

1301 WordsJun 12, 20116 Pages
Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyra Banks, modern-day renowned television celebrities, are examples of strong, independent women who influence and inspire many people. In Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, the main character of Jane is an orphaned girl who feels abused and neglected living with the Reed family. As the story progresses and she gets older, she makes friends such as Helen Burns, the girl she met at Lowood, and sheds her feelings of loneliness. As she befriends more people, she overcomes her hesitant tendencies and expresses herself openly. In the same way as the aforementioned celebrities, Jane develops into a strong and confidant woman who ends up falling in love with Mr. Rochester. Jane is initially lonely and…show more content…
For instance, after John, her cousin, talks down upon Jane, she expresses, “Wicked and cruel boy! You are like a murderer you are like a slave-driver you are like the Roman emperors!” (5). For the first time, Jane does not suppress the way she feels and for this purpose expresses her genuine thoughts towards John. John bullies Jane and in the end she cannot sustain the feelings of hurt that he had inflicted upon her. This results in the aforementioned quote. Her comparison of John to the authoritarian Roman emperors evokes her strong feelings of distrust and aversion to him. Another example is when Mr. Rochester criticizes Jane’s answer and she defends herself by saying “I don’t think, sir, you have the right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience” (142). Jane continues to express her strong will and strength of character when she stands up for herself in front of Mr. Rochester. In retrospect, she states her opinion without feeling uncertain and unwise. Hereafter, Jane is forthright and loses her heart to Mr. Rochester. In fact, when Mr. Rochester talks openly with Jane about his past life, she criticizes, “I don’t like you so well as I have done sometimes, indeed sir. Did
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