Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte essay: themes, plot, symbolism

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In Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, we read of a young girl becoming a young, intelligent woman while facing many life-altering decisions. Often times, like this woman Jane, one may find themselves internally struggling between right and wrong and looking within themselves to find peace. This story is about the wrestling of human will, where one will go for guidance, and how Jane overcomes her obstacles.

In the beginning of Jane Eyre, Jane is at her Aunt Reed's House, Gateshead. Jane is struggling with her behavior and whether what she does justifies what is done unto her. She questions whether she really is a bad girl or if she truly is treated un fairly and harshly. Jane wants so badly to fit in with her cousins and Aunt, but is never offered the chance. ultimately, she finds herself unable to bear this cruelty, and feels the need to leave.

Jane then goes to Lowood school and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield. At Thornfield, Jane feels much more relaxed in this comforting environment compared to her previous homes. Soon Jane begins to fall in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. She struggles within herself with whether or not she can meet Mr. Rochester's standards, if she really is in love, and if she will be accpeted as a suitable wife for Mr. Rochester. Jane falls hard for Mr. Rochester and lets herself become giddy in love for him. But, due to unacceptable conditions, Jane forces herself to leave Thornfield and all within it behind.

Out of desperation and confusion, Jane leaves Thornfield and promises herself she will not give into her tempatations. For three days, Jane's decision leaves her helpless and crushed. She questions whether she made the right desicion leaving her first love and...