Book Analysis: Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre
1.)“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!”

The use of language in this passage was both appealing and powerful, the simile comparing Jane Eyres' feelings to an automation was a key description in the passage. Though I would not say the description was so great that I love the sound of it. The author had raised the issue of Jane Eyres' newly self-induced orphanhood. I do believed she made the correct decision leaving her tyrannical aunt behind, and destroying thought or possibilities of reconnecting again before doing so.

2.)“She broke forth as never yet burst from cloud: a hand first penetrated the sable folds and waved them away; then, not a moon, but a white human formed shone in azure, including a glorious brow earthward. It gazed and gazed on me. It spoke to my spirit: immeasurably distant was the tone, yet so near, it whispered in my heart-'my daughter, flee temptation.''Mother, I will.'” (298).

This passage helped with the plot, and character development. This revealed how Jane Eyre looks up to her mother, in the sense that Jane already knew that it would be best for her to leave her master, but she had not taken action until she had a dream like vision late one night. The vision was of an angel like figure encouraging her to leave and move on with her life, and Jane just referred to her as mother. This whole event leads to Jane Eyre taking the plot in another direction leading away from her current path. The passage also depicts one of many techniques that the author uses to provide motives for either someone or something in order to alter the direction of the novel. 3.)“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!

I have chosen this passage for many reasons, but the largest is because I enjoy the use of having an influential message relaying to the main character through mystical visions and or dreams. Messages such as these are also a large contribution to keeping a plot on track encase the novel were to be heading a different direction than intended. This expands the thought of many, including my own, if one truly decides to analyze such a passage there could be so much more than just the obvious message is. The description and details used by the author are phenomenal, along with her wide range vocabulary. The author expressed issues only pages earlier that were then solved quite simply in this passage, and I agree entirely with the authors solution of directing her to just pack up and leave.

4.)“As his curate, his comrade, all would be right: I would cross oceans with him in that capacity; toil under Eastern suns, in Asian deserts with him in that office;...
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