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Who Is The Final Foil In Jane Eyre

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In chapter 33 of Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte shows just how far Jane has come as a women since we first met her. Bronte shows this through Jane's reaction to finding out that her long lost uncle who recently passed on decided to leave her his fortune as an inheritance. However the way in which Jane learns of this revelation is equally intriguing. She's told about her newfound wealth by Saint John Rivers, who reveals this to Jane by retelling her own life story to her. It is of great significance that River's informs Jane of her fortune by way of a frame story structure. By telling her the story of a orphaned girl, and filling in the details until it becomes evident that he is speaking about none other than Jane herself, and through this revelation I believe he completes his role as the major final foil for Jane. I believe John Rivers completes his mission as Jane's final symbolic foil by by giving unto Jane what she deserved from the beginning truth and justice. John Rivers symbolically rights the wrongs of her childhood, bringing Jane from her childhood and present experience of dependence, to a position of empowerment.

That is why I think River's earned his saintly title not through his selfless commitment to his mission to Africa but by first rescuing Jane from the
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When informed of her new inheritance and new found family she immediately thinks that living quaintly as a family in Moor House and splitting the fortune equally is the only way to repay John Rivers and fate itself for her wonderful change in circumstance. Jane say's "I like Moor House, and I will live at Moor House; I like Diana and Mary, and I will attach myself for life to Diana and Mary. It would please and benefit me to have five thousand pounds; it would torment and oppress me to have twenty thousand; which, moreover, could never be mine in justice, though it might in law." (Bronte,
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