St. John and Jane Eyre Essay

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The ability to express our intentions and have others see our point of view makes one sympathetic. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte follows the story of a rebellious young girl who matures into a stable woman. During her life journey, Jane encounters many people including St. John. St. John is has devoted his life to God and wishes to bring Jane to India with him. St. John is a sympathetic character because he truly believes that his commitment to his religion will benefit him in the after life. Because Jane is the narrator, the reader is given a biased point of view that St. John’s character is unfavorable. Throughout Jane’s life she has had oppressive male figures dominate her life, such as John Reed and Mr. Brocklehurst; thus, Jane can…show more content…
Jane’s first encounter with St. John shows that St. John is a humble character. After abandoning Rochester’s house, Jane is left to find shelter for herself. Unfortunately, Jane is unable to find a stable home. Being fully independent and starving, Jane says “Not a tie holds me to a human society at this moment- not a charm or hope calls me where my fellow- creatures are- none that saw me would have a kind thought or good wish for me”(Bronte 307). At this moment in Jane’s life, she has lost all hope. Jane realizes she is completely alone. In her helpless state Jane is unable to find comfort with anyone and she begins to feel abandoned by society. When Jane leaves Rochester’s house, she wanders aimlessly until she stubbles up the Rivers estate. When Jane arrives at the Rivers residence Hannah, Diana and Mary are reluctant to bring Jane inside the house because they fear she will rob them. Moments before the Rivers family force Jane to leave, St. John Rivers arrives from his outing. Abruptly he is told about Jane, St. John approaches Jane, who is weak and fatigued, and says “All men must die but all are not condemned to meet a lingering and premature doom, such as yours would be if you perished her of want”(Bronte 320). The kindness of St. John is shown within his first lines of the novel. He sees all men as equal. Because of his religion, St. John believes all men are God’s children and should
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