Jane Eyre Supernatural Analysis

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Bronte uses the supernatural to reveal the unconscious mind of Jane. The three noted events that incorporated the supernatural are the followig: the ghost specter in the Red Room, the entrance of the mother in Jane’s dream (before Jane leaves Rochester), and the Rochester’s cry. In the red room, Jane is physically isolated. Bronte further emphasizes Jane’s demented condition by conjuring a “strange little figure” with “glazing arms” for Jane to see, showing that she is mentally disturbed. At Thornfield, the mother figure tells her to “ leave temptation” (Bronte 339), reaffirming her previous thought to leave Thornfield. At Marsh End, even though this call is physically made by Rochester, to Jane, the call represents an unconscious desire to…show more content…
At Gateshead, Jane sees religion used as a justification for unfair treatment. Mrs. Reed slanders Jane as Mr. Brocklehurst first inquires Jane. Upon Mr. Brocklehurst asking if Jane is a good child, Mrs. Reed interrupts by saying “Perhaps the less said on that subject the better” (Bronte 28), implying Jane is not a good child. That along with Mr. Brocklehurst’s claims that Jane has a “wicked heart” (Bronte 29) for not enjoying the entirety of the Bible, leads to Jane’s resentment towards injustice due part on the false use of religion. At Lowood, Jane observes varied uses of religion. Two polar opposite scenarios are between Mr. Brocklehurst and Helen Burns. When Mr. Brocklehurst justifies students’ malnutrition by calling it “fortitude under temporary privation” (Bronte 62), his sanctimony becomes apparent, as shortly after his speech, his daughters arrive in “velvet, silk, and furs.” (Bronte 63) In contrast, Helen Burns incorporates the benevolent aspect of Christianity. Upon Jane asking Helen how Helen could endure the harsh treatment, Helen explains that she follows the word of the Lord, which says to “love your enemies” (Bronte 56) and to “bless them that curse you [the recipients]” (Bronte 56). These different interpretations suggest to Jane that people uses religion for their likening. At Moors House, Jane discovers St. John’s ambitions. He is a missionary, who is solely driven by his faith to be a missionary, and denies himself of worldly pleasure, as seen with Miss Oliver. So, when he proposes to Jane, he is doing so for his “Sovereign’s service” (Bronte 430), and not for love. The issue that Jane finds in taking these perspective whole-hearty is that their perspectives only suit themselves. With Mr. Brocklehurst, he is a poor exemplar for Jane because he is a hypocrite to his own principles. With Helen Burns, her benevolent perspective is incompatible with
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