Hindsight Essay, Research Paper
To fully know one’s self and to be able to completely
understand and interpret all actions and experiences one
goes through is difficult enough. However, analyzing and
interpreting the thoughts and feelings of another human being
is in itself on an entirely different level. In the novel Jane
Eyre, its namesake makes a decision to reject her one true
love in favor of moral decency. Certain aspects of the novel
discredit the validity of Jane’s choice.
The truthfulness of Jane’s reason to leave Mr. Rochester can
be questioned because Jane Eyre narrates the novel herself.
She therefore, can exaggerate or warp any details in regard
to her feelings at any present time in the past, as well as her
true intentions or fears. At several points in the book Jane
chooses to avoid going into detail because the subject is too
painful or would be of no interest to the reader. Such painful
memories may have an influence on her development as a
child and would give further insight into her personality,
weaknesses and strength. Although Jane has a stringent
moral Christian upbringing, she has a great deal of pride and
cares about the opinions of others around her. When
walking from house to house begging for food from
strangers, she has a great deal of loathing for herself. She
also admits that if she saw someone in a similar situation to
herself, she would treat her the exact same way as the
people of the hamlet treat her. The pride that Jane carries
with her might influence her as she tells her tale. She may
change details in order to seem more pious or more proper.
Jane has reached a blissful state in finding the love of her
employer Mr. Rochester. Unfortunately he has a wife in a
deranged woman who lives in the attic, where she is tended
by a strange, jinn drinking servant. Despite the strange
circumstances surrounding the marriage, Jane chooses to
end her life a Thornfield Manor and flee through the country
side. She claims that the reason she leaves her true love is
that their marriage would be one that would go against God.
Mr. Rochester is already spoken for. The possibility of him
as an acceptable husband is slim. He admits he lied to Jane
and attempted to become a "polygamist", but he appeals to
her sense of reason asking how an insane animal could be
his wife. Still she…
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