Word Count: 735To fully know ones self and to be able to completelyunderstand and interpret all actions and experiences onegoes through is difficult enough. However, analyzing andinterpreting the thoughts and feelings of another human beingis in itself on an entirely different level. In the novel JaneEyre, its namesake makes a decision to reject her one truelove in favor of moral decency.
Certain aspects of the noveldiscredit the validity of Janes choice.The truthfulness of Janes reason to leave Mr. Rochester canbe questioned because Jane Eyre narrates the novel herself.
She therefore, can exaggerate or warp any details in regardto her feelings at any present time in the past, as well as hertrue intentions or fears. At several points in the book Janechooses to avoid going into detail because the subject is toopainful or would be of no interest to the reader. Such painfulmemories may have an influence on her development as achild and would give further insight into her personality,weaknesses and strength. Although Jane has a stringentmoral Christian upbringing, she has a great deal of pride andcares about the opinions of others around her. Whenwalking from house to house begging for food fromstrangers, she has a great deal of loathing for herself. Shealso admits that if she saw someone in a similar situation toherself, she would treat her the exact same way as thepeople of the hamlet treat her. The pride that Jane carrieswith her might influence her as she tells her tale.
She maychange details in order to seem more pious or more proper. Jane has reached a blissful state in finding the love of heremployer Mr. Rochester. Unfortunately he has a wife in aderanged woman who lives in the attic, where she is tendedby a strange, jinn drinking servant. Despite the strangecircumstances surrounding the marriage, Jane chooses toend her life a Thornfield Manor and flee through the countryside. She claims that the reason she leaves her true love isthat their marriage would be one that would go against God.Mr.
Rochester is already spoken for. The possibility of himas an acceptable husband is slim. He admits he lied to Janeand attempted to become a “polygamist”, but he appeals toher sense of reason asking how an insane animal could behis wife. Still she rejects his proposal and leaves, but doesshe leave because of God, or another reason.
The novel, narrated by Jane, shows a less than flattering sideof organized religion. The two representatives of the Clothare Mr. Brokelhurst and St. John Rivers. Both are unlovingand cold. The school Jane attended was under the iron cladrule of Brokelhurst.
He demanded the girls of his school beprepared for a life of hardship and misery. St. John wantednot to be loved by another, but to serve God.
He rejectedthe love of another, and his love for her in favor of servingGod as a missionary. He asks if Jane will marry him and goto India, but offers a loveless marriage. He says the onlything he wants is a wife and becomes nearly violent whenJane does not accept his offer. The depiction of these twomembers of the Church in the novel may show that Janedoes not respect the stringent ways of organized religion.
Many people she hated held God in high regard and thoughtthemselves to be quite pious and religious, most notablyMrs. Reed. Mrs. Reed, Janes former guardian, constantlywarned Jane about the wrath of God and called her awicked girl with great frequency. She threatened Jane withpromises of Hell and suffering for such an unwholesome girl.Jane may have had her own idea about religion and God.
Perhaps she found the marriage acceptable, but would notallow herself to part with the teachings she had becomesome familiarized with and used to identify herself. When contemplating Mr. Rochesters offer she almostaccepts it, but fears her acquiescence would ruin everythingshe believed in and make the entire union a hollow travesty.She may have even chosen to reject Rochester because shewanted to obey the laws of England.
Perhaps the idea ofbreaking the marriage laws of England would cause her tothink of herself as a common thief or criminal.The reason Jane gives for choosing to leave Rochester is notone to be accepted without hesitation. One must rememberthat a human being is telling the tale. A human being withfeelings, weaknesses and opinions. The story of Jane Eyre isnot told by an omnipotent impartial observer, but by awoman looking ten years back at what her life was or whatshe hoped or wished it to be.