The classic novel “Jane Eyre” presents an isolated orphan named Jane whose life is plagued with misery from childhood. However, her series of unfortunate events enables her strength, surpassing at school, the becoming of a governess, and falling in love with Edward Rochester. These aspects and strong characteristics prepare her for later life. Early in the text we see Jane’s passion when she decisively stands up to her Aunt Reed who has forced Jane to endure years of abuse and neglect. Mrs. Reed has claimed to Mr Brocklehurst that Jane has a ‘bad character’ thus she is soon transferred to Lowood Institution.
Jane says, ‘… you told Mr. Brocklehurst I had a bad character, a deceitful disposition; and I’ll let everybody at Lowood know what you are, and what you have done. ‘ Here Jane demonstrates her passionate hatred of her Aunt by having a very harsh tone in her voice particularly with very stated choice of wording such as ‘you,’ occurring several times in one sentence; this is representing her unequivocal nature. Jane is threatening her Aunt, who is in a higher position than Jane in their household; this shows particular passion in how she feels about her Aunt.
Jane presents her furious threats through her unambiguous words, as opposed to simply shouting at her Aunt, therefore there is no need for exclamations. Similarly, in later life, Jane’s passionate nature responds to Mr. Rochester’s passionate nature and despite their being in totally different social class, they find love. Therefore Jane declares her love to him when she says, ‘I have known you Mr Rochester; and it strikes me with terror and anguish to feel I absolutely must be torn from you for ever. ” Jane evidently is expressing her undying love for Rochester as she cannot bear to be parted from her love after she finally ‘knows’ him.
Jane is manifestly of a lower status than Rochester, particularly as she still calls him ‘Mr. Rochester’ and not by his first name; thus showing that she has had an outburst of passion by expressing her love before Rochester has done so. Jane has expressed her feelings so deeply that she uses words such as ‘strike,’ ‘terror’ and ‘anguish,’ all of which have very strong sounds. In particular, ‘strike,’ accentuates the hard effect of her departure from Rochester, with the monosyllabic and onomatopoeic sound. Although she has taken the first step in the declaration, she still keeps a strong hold of her morals by continuing to call Rochester, Mr. Rochester.
Her morals are yet another strong characteristic that Jane has had from childhood to adulthood as is shown when Jane inflicted a blow to her deserving cousin’s nose. ‘I had indeed levelled at that prominent feature as hard a blow as my knuckles could inflict … ‘ Here Jane’s thoughts demonstrate how she is always inferior but will always remain tough and stand up for herself. Bronti?? shows how Jane certainly tried to cause pain to her cousin, ‘as hard a blow as my knuckles could inflict. ‘ This is perhaps somewhat surprising for someone of a lower position to think in such a way.
However Jane may be a coy character, she still stands her ground when she believes it is necessary. Once again, Jane shows her strong morality when she does not marry her long lost cousin St. John, because he does not love her and is incapable of being in love. Jane says, ‘would it not be strange, to be chained for life to a man who regarded one but as a useful tool? ‘ Jane highlights how she feels it is wrong to marry her cousin, by creating the statement into a question, because she is making her cousin Diana question herself on the reasons why marrying St. John would be bad.
Jane uses the word ‘chained’ as a metaphor to represent how her life would be with St. John, it also refers back to her earlier life when she is constantly isolated. Jane again uses the metaphor of being a ‘useful tool’ for her cousin; this is quite irregular for her as she has never felt she has been ‘useful’ to anyone, and is therefore degrading herself because she has always felt she is not worthy of anyone, so refuses to be someone’s ‘useful tool. ‘ This shows her strong beliefs and how she feels she is unworthy of love. Regardless of her feeling unworthy of love, Jane still remains desiring it all of her life.
She exhibits this when she protests to her Aunt. Reed: ‘How dare I, Mrs. Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth. You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity. ‘ This dispute begins very strongly with repetition of her question to her Aunt, which unmistakably shows how she feels so strongly of this matter. Jane is being somewhat disrespectful to Aunt. Reed, which is something she would not generally do, thus meaning she feels particularly total about. She then carries on being very unambiguous, by stating in five short words, ‘because it is the truth.
These words are very straight to the point and there is distinct prominence on ‘truth’ as it is set in italics which suggests the way in which Jane would have said the word. Jane then continues by saying, in a nutshell, just what she thinks and insists on what Mrs. Reed thinks: ‘You think I have no feelings and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity. ‘ This section of the sentence is extremely opinionated and takes a lot of courage and a vast amount of passion to stand up for herself to her Aunt, who abuses and neglects her.
In her adult life, Jane shows this trait again. ‘I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me. ‘ Jane says this when she sees Rochester again after his absence. She had tried to talk herself out of loving him, but it was impossible. She does not intend to love, because she feels she is unworthy of this, and so Rochester’s absence helps her overcome her emotions towards him.
However, nonetheless, the feelings instantly are rekindled the moment she sees his face again, ‘… at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! ‘ This part of the sentence, shows how a mere look at Rochester can conjure her love for him again; thus showing she is so desperate for his love and just love in general. The exclamation after ‘great and strong’ creates emphasis on the words ‘great’ and ‘strong,’ and creates a visualisation of the extremity of her love towards Mr. Rochester.
Additionally; earlier in the sentence ‘germs of love’ is used as a metaphor to show how her love for Rochester is like a virus that will never leave her, and it yet again displays her everlasting desire for love. The novel clearly shows similarities in Jane’s childhood to her adult life and in the end, these characteristics have proved worthwhile for her in making decisions. Charlotte Bronti?? has obviously been conscious of this and intentionally had central themes for Jane’s personality to be passionate, to have strong moralities and to have her huge desire for love.