Bildungsroman In Jane Eyre

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A bird through close-set bars of a cage, flutters about restless, and unsure; a captive of her own mind. Her desire for love ensnares her, and keeps her there, though she has the means to escape. She sits and waits for her master, her love, to open the door and set her free. To be free she must discover her own self, to find love in herself, then she may burst through those bars and soar high above the clouds, and finally she 'll be able to see. Jane Eyre, a story of passion, mystery, and romance, by Charlotte Brontë. In Brontë 's bildungsroman, she describes the milestones in Jane 's life that lead to her to her self-awareness and independence. Through her harsh childhood, passionate romance, her venture to her wits end, she discovers herself. Jane Eyre must love herself before she can gain her freedom. She must find a balance between her independency and the marriage with the one she loves.

Locked in the "red-room," at her aunt 's stately mansion called Gateshead, a 10 year old orphan, Jane Eyre, is being punished for defending herself against the
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Bertha Mason can represent a part of Jane 's wild, untamed spirit, who despises her imprisonment. When Jane feels unsure about her marriage to Mr. Rochester, Bertha acts out these emotions by ripping her bridalveil. Bertha seems to represent the fears, and inner thoughts, that Jane cannot express. It is Bertha who has to die for Jane to finally marry Mr. Rochester. Brontë also uses several references to entrapped birds, to indicate Jane 's struggle for independence. The question remains, does Jane receive everything she wants? She gained her freedom and kept her love, but since Bertha represents Jane 's fears, and passionate, untamed spirit; that spirit has to die for Jane, the “caged bird,” to fly free. So does Jane actually gain her

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