Theme analysis Affiliation Theme Analysis In the book, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the central theme of female independence and spirituality is well emphasized and clarified. Spirituality is very significant in this novel because those characters that are taken to be spiritual are not but those characters that are religious genuinely are rewarded. During the period this book was being written, women were not allowed to write, the author, therefore, brings out clearly her female independence by writing the book amidst fear, as well as alluding throughout the book to independence of the feminine. Independence and spirituality help all the characters in the novel in search for love. Independence and quench for freedom by women is demonstrated throughout the book.
There are many different issues regarding how women are treated and viewed dealt with in this book. For example, the way men treat and handle women in this novel is recurring the motif that depicts how men view women at that time. In the book, Men continuously manipulate, degrade, lie and mistreat Jane in her life. Her dearest Mr. Rochester lie to Jane regarding his hidden wife and correctly manipulate her feelings having affair with another woman right in front of her. It is very despicable how Jane is handled throughout the book; however, it must give some reality and truth to the accepted ways of the English society and culture during Bronte’s time. Throughout the book, Bronte suggests that a life that has not been lived passionately is partially lived. Jane is a passionate character; she refuses to live by Mrs. Reed’s rules that would otherwise restrict her love. Her passion for Rochester is consuming her significantly even though it is not the only force that governs her life. Jane later leaves Rochester because her moral does not allow her to live as a mistress of Rochester.
In essence, the whole novel contains conflicting episodes with relation to religion and female independence. Jane is at the epitome of the struggle with relation to the moral duty and earthly pleasures. She encounters many people who could guide her on the best way of religion, but assumes them all. She develops her own ideations of faith and religion without any fear. Jane rejects three religion models represented by Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen and St. John Rivers. Despite that, she does hold to her morality and spiritualism. She prays to God when the wedding is interrupted. It is to God where she turns for comfort and solace. In the end, she does find a comfortable middle ground to fix her eyes and hope.
In her fight for religious freedom, she brings across an aspect of equality and oppression, whereby woman is looked down upon in the society. She tries to overcome the notion through rejecting the three men who are at the verge of wooing her. The three men try to ensure that Jane is submissive to them, but they are wrong. She quests for freedom and escapes from their hands. She feels that she is financially independent and need not to rely on any person. In summation, the two aspects of independence and religion rotate around the novel, with the main character Jane interacting with other minor characters to draw a clear picture.
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