Critical Lens Essay-Jane Eyre and Catcher in the Rye.

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Critical Lens Revision-Love is Required for Growth

“Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love” This quote from Reinhold Niebuhr tells of a human incapability to accomplish a deed of any sort without the assistance of love. In The Catcher in the Rye; Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little Brown and Company, 1991 and Jane
Eyre ; Bronte, Charlotte. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, INC. 1847, both young individuals are faced with numerous obstacles in an attempt to mature. Eventually, the characters both come to realizations that they need love in order to grow and mature. In a way, the characters are saved by love. Having both lost their ways, at the depths of
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If they fall off, they fall off, but it is bad to say anything to them." He finally realizes that everyone must mature and lose their innocence, he came to this conclusion with the help of his younger sister and their substantial connection. He was saved by love because the love of his sister helped him to reach an epiphany. The story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte tells of a young individual who is misplaced in various homes, Gateshead, Thornfield, Marshes End, and Ferndean who is searching for fulfillment and maturity in her life. After various obstacles, she finds herself alone out on the street when she is taken in by a kind family at Marshes End Moor House. She later finds out they are related, she expresses her want for a strong loving family like them when she says “you cannot imagine the craving I have for fraternal and sisterly love. I never had a home, nor brothers or sisters.”(473) She is saved both emotionally and physically by the generosity and love from the family, who gladly takes her in, feeds her, and helps her finally understands what she really wants in life. This, is Mr. Rochester whom she retreats back to, but now with a newfound feeling of equality, since she inherited a large sum of money. Mr. Rochester makes her feel loved and warm, a foil to St. John who she admits to feeling “desolate to a degree”(336) in his presence. With the love of Jane’s new family an and her beloved lover

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