Supernatural In Jane Eyre

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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…
Mr. Reed is a stern women who treats Jane unfairly in Jane’s childhood, as exemplified by Jane’s isolation from the three children who are “clustered” around their mamma” (Bronte 1). Miss Temple is represented to be a benevolent person who tries to provide for the students at Lowood, as Helen Burns describes her to be “full of goodness” (Bronte 54). Celine Valens is one of Rochester’s former mistress that was motivated by his money to marry him and was unfaithful, as she was caught with another “companion in an officer’s uniform” (Bronte 150). Blanche Ingram is shown to dressed luxuriously, with “jewels” and “a crown of thick plaits”, and to be flirtatious towards Rochester. Bertha Mason is represented as a beast, with “dark grizzled hair” and “bloated features” (Bronte 311). Diana and Mary Rivers, according to Jane, are “accomplished, better read than I [she] was” (Bronte 372), and conversable. From all of these women, Jane learns that some feminine behavior is influenced by male preference. Celine and Bertha are prominent examples who dresses provocatively for men’s appeal. Beyond, feminine behavior consists of calmness and reservedness, as demonstrated by Miss Temple’s benevolence and the Rivers sisters’ positions. Miss Temple and the Rivers sisters are positive role models; Mrs. Reed, Celine Varens, Blanche Ingram, and Bertha Mason are negative role models. Bronte would describe the…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
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