Chapter 16 The next morning, Jane is shocked to learn that the near tragedy of the night before has caused no scandal. The servants believe Rochester to have fallen asleep with a lit candle by his bed, and even Grace Poole shows no sign of guilt or remorse. Jane cannot imagine why an attempted murderer is allowed to continue working at Thornfield.
This sentence foreshadows what will be an important theme of the rest of the book, that of female independence or rebelliousness. Jane is here resisting her unfair punishment, but throughout the novel she expresses her opinions on the state of women.
Tied to this theme is another of class and the resistance of the terms of one's class. Spiritual and supernatural themes can also be traced throughout the novel. Soon after Jane is settled at Lowood Institution she finds the enjoyment of expanding her own mind and talents.
She forgets the hardships of living at the school and focuses on the work of her own hands. She is not willing to give this up when she is engaged to Rochester. She resists becoming dependent on him and his money.
She does not want to be like his mistresses, with their fancy gowns and jewels, but even after she and Rochester are married, she wants to remain as Adele's governess.
She is not willing to give up her independence to Rochester, and tries to seek her own fortune by writing to her uncle. In the end, when she does have her own money, she states, "I am my own mistress" Chapter Jane not only shows the reader her beliefs on female independence through her actions, but also through her thoughts.
Jane desires to see more of the world and have more interaction with its people. While she appreciates her simple life at Thornfield, she regrets that she does not have the means to travel.
She relates her feelings to all women, not just those of her class, saying: Women are supposed to be very calm generally: It is also important here to talk about Bertha, for she is a female character who is often seen resisting.
It may be wondered why Jane seems to have little sympathy for her, and part of the reason for this may be seen with how Bertha is portrayed.
While Bertha is a woman, she is not presented as such. She is described in animal-like terms, and is called 'it', not even 'she' in the beginning. Jane describes her meeting with Bertha as such: In the deep shade, at the farther end of the room, a figure ran backwards and forwards.
What it was, whether beast or human being, one could not, at first sight, tell: Jane is disadvantaged in many ways as she has no wealth, family, social position or beauty. Jane does have intelligence though, and her disposition is such to make Rochester fall in love with her. Here is seen resistance against class, as Rochester wishes to marry Jane in spite of the disapproval that will come from his class, and Jane also resists this disapproval and will marry him.
However, Jane will not rebel against God or lose her self-respect and become Rochester's mistress when she finds out that he is already married. There is also a spiritual theme running through the novel. When Jane is at Lowood she meets Helen Burns, the good and sacrificing girl whom Jane questions about God and Heaven right before she dies.
This seems to begin Jane's relationship with religion that is traced more through the book. Jane calls on God after she finds out about Rochester's wife. She locks herself in her room, and states, "One idea only still throbbed lifelike within me - a remembrance of God: Again when she is trying to resist succumbing to Rochester's passion and a dishonest marriage with him we see her turning to God.
After Rochester's attempts, Jane tells him to "do as I do: Hope to meet again there" Chapter The religion theme is perhaps most important in Jane's relationship with St.
When Jane refuses his attempts to get her to marry him and go to India, he says that she is not refusing him, but God. When Jane does almost accept him it is because she suddenly feels much veneration for him and her reasons for not accepting him dissolve.
She says, "Religion called - Angels beckoned - God commanded - life rolled together like a scroll - death's gates opening showed eternity beyond: Here one of the supernatural aspects of the novel steps in, and Jane hears Rochester calling her from afar.Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - Throughout history the idea of the hero or heroine has changed, but some common attributes remain.
The hero claims Bill Butler: “is an archetypal figure, a paradigm who bears the possibilities of life, courage, love – the indefinable’s which themselves define our human lives”.
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