"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me. I am a
free human being with an independent will"
This quote proves that Jane does not want to
feel restraint and that she will follow her own
path without being dictated by anyone else.
"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more
unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by
God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I
was sane, and not mad—as I am now." This quote demonstrates how Jane
asserts the ability to love herself, when Rochester begged for Jane to stay. She
knew it would not be morally right to be with Rochester, so she follows her
principles and leaves him.
"I had no communication by letter or message with the outer
world, I desired liberty" This quote represents how when she
was younger, all she wanted was freedom but she didn't realise
how much harder it was to live in the outside world than
exciting for she had never experienced the real world.
"IHow dare I? Because it is the truth! You think i
have no feelings, and that i can live without love
and kindness. I shall remember how you pushed
me back into the red room, though i was
frightened and begged you to have pity on me, and
that punishment you made me suffer because your
wicked boy struck me - knocked me down for
nothing! People think you are a good person, but
you are bad, bad hearted." This shows Jane
standing up to Mrs Reed, after all those years she
endured her unfair treatment she finally ahd the
courage to share her opinon and assert herself.
'She is dying. I cannot ignore her dying
wish." This quote is said when Jane goes
to visit her Aunt, Mrs Reed. It shows her
loyalty because Jane visits her despite
how Mrs Reed treated her as a child.
"It must have been most irksome to find herslef bound by a
hard wrung pledge to stand in the stead of a parent to a
strange child she could not love, and to see an uncongenial
alien permantly intruded on her own family group" This
quote exemplifies how Jane has always felt isolated and
like an outcast as a child. Mrs Reed did not accept her as
one of her own and jane was treated poorly.
"I had the chance of an excellent education. A fondness for
some of my studies, and a desire to do my best in all of them,
together with a great joy in pleasing my teachers, urged me
on." This shows how Jane had deternimation to try her
hardest and escape the treatment of her cruel Aunt so she
worked hard, became intelligent and built her own path of
success and freedom, using the knowledge she acquired.
Stop the restraint victorian woman suffer
"Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men
feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much
as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a
stagnation, precisely as men would suffer" This shows Jane wanting to stop the
gender roles dictated by her society, and how men and woman feel the same.
"If i had anywhere else to go, I would be glad to leave; but I
can never get away from Gateshed till i am a woman" Because
Jane's Aunt treated her cruelly, all Jane wanted was to escape
and be free. She was not happy with her Aunt's family and
desired to break free from the imprisonment she suffered.
Go to school
"Besides, school would be a complete change: it implied a long
journey, an entire separation from Gateshed, an entrance into a
new life" When Jane was younger, Mr Lloyd asks Jane if she
would like to go to school. It was then she realized how school
would be the key needed to unlock the doors to her freedom and
happiness, away from her cruel family and the beginning of the
life she wanted.
Passion and Responisibility
"Not a human being that ever lived could wish to be loved better than i was loved; and
him who thus loved me I absolutely worshipped: and i must rnounce love and idol. One
drear word comprised my intolerable duty - 'depart!' " After discovering Bertha Mason,
Jane would be living as Rochesters mistress, and therefore be sacrificing her dignity and
integrity for the sake of her feelings. Jane knew that for a governess to even consider
marrying her employer was considered ridiculous, but she fell in love and could not
control the way she felt. Jane had to either follow her heart or what was morally correct
and was socially acceptable. Her morals and responsibilities won her over so she left.
"You have nothing to do with the master of Thornfield,
further than to receive the salary he gives you for teaching
his protégée, and to be grateful for such respectful and kind
treatment as, if you do your duty, you have a right to expect
at his hands" This exemplifies how Jane is told that she
cannot be with Rochester for he is in a higher social class.
"I lay on the ground some minutes, pressing my face to the wet
turf. I had some fear - or hope- that here i should die: but I was
soon up; crawling forwards on my hands and knees, and then
again raised to my feet - as eager and as determined as ever to
reach the road." This quote demonstrates Jane's determination
and her strong-mindedness. Even though Jane felt like giving up
when she left Rochester, she stood up and kept going,
determined to find a place to start her new life.