How Does Jane Eyre Change Throughout The Novel

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“He is more myself than I am. Whatever our two souls are made of, his and mine are the same” (Charlotte Bronte). Charlotte Bronte portrays the protagonist of the novel- Jane Eyre as the little girl who has a tough life and no real relationship, until she decided to be independent, find a job, and fall in love. Jane Eyre’s courageous portrayal in the novel is shown by her protecting Mr. Rochester, but, her lack of self-independence leads her back to the man that betrays her.

Jane is a savior, she comes across situations where she helps Mr. Rochester because he is her master, but also because she loves him. During the Victorian Era, women usually had the weaker role, but Bronte has brought a change where Jane acts as the heroic and stronger
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Jane’s independence does not last long as she portrays her vulnerable and depressed state without Rochester. We are taken through a journey of Jane’s struggles to find a new life for herself, but once she meets the River siblings and moves into the Moor house, Jane has a new beginning. The River sisters and Jane get along very well, and she continues to teach at a nearby village to children. Even though it’s a degradation in her job from the one at Thornfield, Jane engages herself with reading. A suspicious character is St. John, who is a clergyman, and asks Jane to marry him and move with him to India. Jane feels very uncomfortable about this because she does not want to get married to her cousin, as she still loves Rochester. She wouldn’t mind accompanying him as a companion. Jane has left Thornfield, but she cannot forget about her love for Rochester. St. John’s sister, Diana also backs up Jane that she must not feel pressured to marry a man she does not love. If she goes with St. John, it will be as an equal, never as his wife because, as she has observed, he does not have the qualities of a husband. He is entirely too self-centered and focused on his goal. If she goes with him as his wife, it is entirely likely he will work her to death and then pray for her instead of working with her. While, Jane’s love for Rochester is still very strong. Jane hears Rochester’s voice calling her name in thin air. She responds, but can’t …show more content…
This evolution in her character would not have been possible, if it were not for the fact that there are no real gentlemen in the novel who would have taken Jane's place and swept her off her feet. Thus she is equal to a gentleman if not above him, and that allows the reader to see her as the strongest character in the novel weather she is dependent on Rochester for money, or for his love. For Charlotte Bronte , the power and honor of her women seems far more important than their living happily ever

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