Passion And Restraint In Jane Eyre

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Christine Luo Moyer World Classics H October 6, 2015 The Triumph of Passion People’s perception of passion and restraints differ vastly. Many strongly emphasize the importance of restraint in one’s life in order to succeed, while others advocate the essence of passion in one’s endeavours. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre illustrates both the positive and negative aspects of the contrasting elements of passion and restraint in the dictation of one’s path in life. However, the novel ultimately demonstrates that although passion and restraint are equally beneficial, it is essentially passion that should triumph in the end. Such elements of passion and restraint are most evidently displayed through Jane’s character development. Instances of passion…show more content…
As Jane accepts Mr. Rochester’s second marriage proposal, she states “Mr Rochester, if ever I did a good deed in my life - if ever I thought a good thought - if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer - if ever I wished a righteous wish, - I am rewarded now. To be your wife is, for me, to be as happy as I can be on earth” (415-416). Jane declares that her passion sprouted from the restraints she experienced throughout her life. The instances of restraint are listed in an organized pattern, as evident by the anaphora utilized, drawing emphasis on each instance. Such element highlights the prominent presence of restraint in Jane’s character, and the role it played in dictating her life prior this moment. Furthermore, the deliberate placement of Jane passion at the end of the passage depicts the ultimate triumph of passion. In addition, in the phrase “as happy as I can be on earth”, Jane places emphasis on the “earth”. Such stress implies the emphasis on human beings, and the emphasis on human beings implies imperfection. Imperfection, in turn, implies passion. Passion is what makes humans imperfect, as we often allow our desires overpower logic. Therefore, such statement, along with the other nuances evident in her statement, indicates how Jane finally accepts her imperfection and the strong presence of passion in her character. She places her passion over the restraint she had forced upon herself before, thus depicting the ultimate triumph of passion in one’s

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