Why Is Jane Eyre Unhappy

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Jane Eyre, a world renown novel by author Charlotte Bronte depicts the upbringing and eventual blossoming of Jane Eyre. Though provided with necessities of childhood Jane is an orphan who’s caretaker, an aunt, is more than a little hostile towards her, favoring her biological children in all aspects. The quarrels between the two eventually led to Jane’s being sent to Lowood school, a charity boarding school where she is taught the basics of an English girl’s education in the 19th century, English, Piano, Art, some History, and so on. As she grows up Jane Eyre maintains her prim and curt way of handling herself as she becomes a governess. Some critics believe Eyre was proper to the extent of it prohibiting her in some ways. Namely…show more content…
The desire by those critics is being misinterpreted. Indeed Jane does express desires to be with Rochester a multitude of times, never once; however, is it under the pretext of her being a mistress. In fact Jane says she would have to “forget [herself] and all the teaching that was instilled into me”(266) in order to let herself become a mistress. Even more daunting to her than the degradation of that was the prospect of being looked upon one day as being in the same category as Rochester’s previous mistresses. Jane’s desire to be with Rochester was always that of being his wife, of not having to deal with the baggage that was so unexpectedly sprung onto her. Being that this was not possible however, she remained true to her upbringing and did not give in to the mistress offer. In doing this Jane eventually makes herself happy. Of course there will be longing and questioning of judgement but imagine if she had agreed. Jane might have avoided the short term guilt and been happy for a time but eventually based on her character she would have…show more content…
Feminism isn’t the word to be used in describing her preferences, a more fitting one would be authenticity, admiring authentic scholarly women such as Mary and Diana. Yet another example of a very early on admiration on a take charge yet righteous sort of woman was Miss Temple. A teacher at Lowood, Miss Temple’s singularly kind encounter with Jane followed by genuinely intellectual banter with Hellen made her admire he as a girl admires a mother. The following is a passage from the novel in which Jane expresses Miss Temple’s kind hearted nature and how it made her “Miss Temple had always something of serenity in her air, of state in her mien, of refined propriety in her language, which precluded deviation into the ardent, the excited, the eager: something which chastened the pleasure of those who looked on her and listened to her, by a Holloway 4 controlling sense of awe; and such was my feeling now: but as to Helen Burns, I was struck with wonder.” (Jane Eyre, Bronte pg.61) Here is it clear that the moral decency of Miss Temple is profound to Jane. Not only did she hear out Jane’s side of the story when once she was accused of being a misbehaved child

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