Essay on Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

1636 Words Dec 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Religion is something in people’s lives that alters their thinking about everything around them. Religion, specifically Christianity, is very prevalent in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Throughout the coming of age novel, Jane is influenced by religious figures she comes across: Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen Burns, and St. John. She is also challenged by worldly desires that require her to choose between pious principle and personal passion such as becoming Mr. Rochester’s mistress and marrying St. John.
The idea of religion is first brought around at the end of Jane 's life stage at Gateshead. It comes in the cold and harsh form of Mr. Brocklehurst, a man who fits the definition of a hypocritical Christian to a T. As the treasurer of Lowood Institution, a school for orphaned or poor girls, his treatment crosses the fragile line of abusive in ways of emotional when stripping the young, impressionable girls of any sense of individuality and completely taking control of their lives and physical when making them endure harsh treatment that eventually results in the deaths of some girls. His reasoning for treating the girls so is to ensure that they do not become self-centered and consumed by things of the world. He claims “... my plan in bringing up these girls is, not to accustom them to habits of luxury and indulgence, but to render them hardy, patient, self-denying” (84). The idea, in theory, is an acceptable one, but his methods of carrying it out are far from…

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