Jane Eyre – Love or Morals?

Jane Eyre is the epitome of the independent femme (I think femme is a very good looking word but is surrounded by controversies and whatnot) looking for her destiny in a world with no attachments and strings. Her spirit is wild and looking for adventures. Even if her mouth is zipped due to being raised in fear and in strict rules, the zipper loses its binding spell many a times and Jane explodes. The world is baffled at her words for they know they are the truth but they cannot bear the weight of it! Who can bear the weight of truth, tell me? The ones at fault cannot!

I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

She meets the love of her life while working as a governess in a rich family. She is only nineteen and he is forty! But love knows no age, am I right? And yes, everything is cute until Jane discovers the truth about this man on the day of their marriage. Alas, whose heart does not shake in fear when the words “Should anyone here present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace!” I am not even marrying and my heart beats fast whenever I hear it!

And the dreaded silence and then the cursed voice “I am against this marriage!”. Curse you, you nosy wrench! You need to have your tongue removed!!

Will I tell you the reason why Jane’s marriage was stopped? Nope. I am not giving you this many spoilers! Yet, it is enough of a reason for a decent woman to run away from the man she loved. There was no other way (ah, I hate papers) for Mr. Richardson, the man we are talking about, to marry Jane Eyre legally. She could be his mistress and live in eternal bliss with a rich man or leave and be condemned to a loveless life. She chooses to run far away and no one can find her. She is fighting with her own self. Her morals and religion are ruling over her free spirit! And why, why? So she could not be the mistress?

Due to her escape, Mr. Richardson falls prey of the darkness of depression (What a cute phrase omg! Darkness of depression! Why are you so resourceful with your vocabulary?) and he closes himself down in his house. The house is burnt to a crisp and he is left blind and with only one hand. Then Jane Eyre runs to him because now she will not be his mistress but his wife (The marriage papers can now be completed legally. Do not ask me why! Read it for yourself!). To add on that, she will not have the inferior position in their relationship because Mr. Richardson is blind now and a handicap, hence he needs Jane’s help.

Yes, yes. They are happy blah blah blah! But Mr. Richardson lost his vision and his hand in order for Jane not to be his mistress. Okay, there was no correlation of events here because his accident was a pure coincidence but since it is a book, it is of correlation! Also, Jane assumes that if she was his mistress, he would lose interest in her after a few years. Well honey, should all the women of the world blind their husbands and cut their hands?  Was it worth it to lose his physical ability so Jane could accept his love without feeling guilty and without being shunned and looked down by the oh so right society? Now after you read the book, if you will, you can say his loss of physical ability was not the real reason why Jane accepted to be his wife. Nevertheless, it is something which occurred as a result and I dislike it. Yet, I loved the book! Shall you disagree with me and say I did not understand it, speak now or forever hold your breath!

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!” 

 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

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