25 April 2013
The Thin Line between Passion and Reason
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre is a romantic novel set in the early 1800s in England. It is a coming of age story of a young lady named Jane who struggles through many obstacles trying to find happiness in her heartbreaking life. The main character is Jane, the young lady who is trying to find her happiness. Jane starts out as a little loss girl whose parents have died, and she is forced to live with Mrs. Reed, Jane’s possessive aunt, along with her two cousins. Jane is delighted when she finally gets away from the Reed house, only to land in another place of disgust. Jane starts school at Lowood, a school for orphan girls, where Jane finds more unhappiness. Finally, Jane leaves Lowood, she finds a job as a governess at Thornfield. When, Jane arrives at Thornfield she has no idea that her life from that moment on will change forever. Here Jane meets her first love and finds happiness. Two characters who affect Jane’s happiness throughout the novel are Mr. Rochester, the love of Jane’s life, and St. John Rivers, the cousin of Jane who wishes to marry her. Mr. Rochester and St. John Rivers demonstrate the proper balance between passion and reason achieved in the end of the novel.
Mr. Rochester and St. John Rivers demonstrate the proper balance between passion and reason achieved in the end of the novel. Jane is the governess at Thornfield for Adele, The little girl who Mr. Rochester keeps but Mr. Rochester knows Adele is not his child. Thornfield is Mr. Rochester’s entire estate. Mr. Rochester is the first to show Jane happiness, passion, and love as she falls deeply in love with him. At first, Jane is not interested in Mr. Rochester, but she does find him to be handsome. Jane thinks to herself “Had he been a handsome, heroic-looking young gentleman” when she first meets Mr. Rochester (Bronte 135). After being in the...