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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Short Summary


The poem from Bessie to Jane Eyre reflects her progress towards independence. She searches for romantic love, feeling of being valued and belonging. The poem reflects Jane’s love without the need for sacrifices and causing harm to oneself. She struggles to find a balance between the pleasures of the earth and moral duty. She is obliged to make vital choices by creating her own ideas concerning principle, faith, and resultant consequences. For instance, despite her rejection of models of religion, she embraces morality, spiritualism and a strong belief in God. This is illustrated by her objection to lustful immorality and credits God for helping her evade an immoral life. The poem reveals her religious independence in dealing with immoderate passions and achievements such as her full knowledge and faith in God (Bronte 43).

Jane is vibrantly critical of her social hierarchy. She is a figure of an ambiguous class and a source of significant tension to characters such as Bessie. She speaks out against class discrimination that causes poverty. She struggles to overcome oppression and achieve equality by fighting against patriarchal domination especially against those believing women are inferior to men. Men try to threaten their desire for dignity and equality by trying to keep her in a submissive position. This is achievable by making her incapable to express her feelings and thoughts. However, she is able to overcome these challenges in her quest for self-knowledge and independence. She decides not only to depend on love but also to be financially independent. The servant Bessie provides guidance and comfort to her as a substitute mother through a poem that soothes her. She learns to be rational and controls her anger to enable her to fit into the expectations of a woman’s conduct in a patriarchal society. The poem reveals the resistance of Jane towards male dominance as she fights for her quest for identity and independence (Bronte 51)

Works Cited
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Irvine: Saddleback Educational Pub, 2010. Internet resource.

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