Biblical Theology Of Jane Eyre Essay

1555 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout the entire novel of Jane Eyre, the author, Charlotte Brontë, uses Biblical theology and Christianity for enhancing the reader’s enjoyment and understanding of the story. By closely analyzing these references in context, the reader can develop a deeper appreciation for the writing and begin to see a new depth to the plot and characters in Jane Eyre. A notable example of Biblical reference and theology in Jane Eyre is found at the end of chapter 9, where Helen Burns tells to Jane about Heaven, God, happiness and salvation before she succumbs to consumption and passes away. By studying Helen Burns’ theological revelations to Jane Eyre, the reader is able to better understand the theme of emotional maturation and spiritual growth in Jane’s life and how it affected Jane’s relationship with Mr. Rochester and her decision to leave him later in the novel.
The reader’s perception of Helen at this point is that she is an outsider at Lowood, and Helen even admits to herself and Jane that she “had not qualities or talents to make [her] way very well in the world” (Brontë 69). Contrary to this statement, Helen will play a pivotal role in Jane’s “religious education” (Thormählen, “Brontës and Religion” 60) at Lowood even though neither the reader, Jane or Helen realizes yet. Subsequently, Helen reflects the qualities of the character Moses, illustrated in his first conversation with God at the burning bush, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast…

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