Jane Eyer and Charlotte Bronte

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Sarah Bledsoe
Mrs. Do
AP English, Block 5
27 August 2010

Past events in a character’s life largely affect that person’s present and future actions by altering their attitudes and values that guide those actions. Jane Eyer's life was defined by exile. Her childhood was filled with unjust punishment, her school days were melancholy, and, even as an adult, her life continued to be secluded from modern society. Tribulations such as these come with the soul purpose of molding one’s spiritual life. Jane relied on her faith alone for support, and survived triumphantly. This small hope was the enrichment of her alienation. Through Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses this character’s experiences to contribute to the development of the entire work.

Raised in an atmosphere that was overwhelmed with animosity seldom not directed towards her, Jane experienced the cold world without having to leave home. It is here where she was isolated from all essence of love, truth, and guidance. There was nothing to lean on spiritually because she was far too young to comprehend what faith meant. Being young, however, is not always the same as being ignorant. Though she may not have been able to understand everything about spiritual beliefs, she was able to distinguish between right and wrong, and knew that the nature of her treatment was not at all Christian behavior. Thankfully, she was able to escape briefly this turmoil, and enter into the world of education.

When at school, Jane was learning much more than arithmetic. She was mature enough now to have a deep understanding of her faith, and developed a firm support for her beliefs. It was during this period of her life when she truly realized how her abuse in childhood formed her growing personality. Her discoveries of love and it’s lasting effect even after death are the evident foundations for her actions later on. By now, she had forgiven her abusers and moved on with her life, now that it was finally her...
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