Professor: P. Milanes
In the story of Jane Eyre the characters demonstrate various degrees to which passion have an effect on ones future. Whether it is a task requiring action or a matter of the heart, passion in Jane Eyre adds vigor to any pursuit deemed worthy. Occasionally when passion goes unchecked it consumes common sense, leaving rational thought as debris. The female characters in Jane Eyre were consistently discouraged (with degrees of failure) from articulating their passions because it did not fit society’s view for women.
As Jane Eyre grows up at Gateshead Hall she was constantly chastised and prodded to calm her passionate nature for example as a child Jane’s cousin John hits her with a book and she hits him back : “Dear, dear! What fury to fly at Master John! Did you ever see such a picture of passion! (24). After John Reed assaults her even then Jane refuse to submit to an unjust punishment. Looking back Jane recalls: “I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties and like any other rebel slave, I felt resolve in desperation to go all lengths” (24
When Jane Eyre moved from Gateshead Hall into Lowood Orphanage her passion becomes more controlled once she meets with Helen Burns an orphan who instilled in her the means of unlimited energy and gives it focus. At Jane’s commencement at Lowood she stood up for things concerning her close friend, even when it meant disregarding
authority. Jane explains to Helen that if Miss Scatcherd were to beat her with the rod she would not put up with the ill treatment. “And if I were in your place I should dislike her: I should resist her; if she struck me with that rod, I should get it from her hand; I should break it under her nose” (65). For Jane who had endured so much at the hand of her family that would be her only means of retaliation, but Helen’s reply to her was: “It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody...