Jane Eyre: The Preserverance Of The Personality

It is a curious task to read Jane Eyre as a psychological investigation. The possibility unmistakably offers itself - it is made explicit in the text. The "Reader" cannot neglect such points as the heroine's constant and unusual awareness of her position in company, i.e. inferiority-equality-superiority; the priority of 'inward' actions over the actual events; the elaboration of the construction by recurring features - major themes varied; or the contrast between two poles, two extremities - both in images and characters. Jane Eyre and the world seen through her eyes are exposed to the tensions of opposing forces and tendencies. How the personality can preserve or regain its integrity and ...

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that the fountainhead of her emotional life is the experience of oppression. Yet, her little self is full of fiery energy (as one of the servants observed: "Did ever anybody see such a picture of passion!" ), which like a volcano erupts at times in the form of revolt against the "tyrants". It seems that the child's most burning question is what kind of role she plays in the Reed house: if young John is her "master", she consequently has to be a servant, yet, she is regarded less than a servant - a beggar and an intruder. For Jane this "insupportable oppression" and the position of being inferior to the Reed children is almost harder to accept than her loneliness and lovelessness. Still, she receives the first experience of triumph in Gateshead by declaring that her cousins are not fit to associate with her and frightening her aunt with the promise she made to her husband.
Jane soon has to step on the way of 'development' from oppression to repression, which after all has to be ...

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the other is ice and stone: when the previous prevails Thornfield is set on fire, when the latter is in charge, as in the case of St John Rivers, who embodies repression by an extraordinary will, the atmosphere becomes chilly. Warmth and coldness are also alluded to by the contrasted locations like Madeira-Gateshead, the West Indies-Thornfield, Thornfield-Ireland, India-Marsh End. Houses are frequently referred to as 'hearths'.
Between the two extremities there is no middle course; as Jane asserts: "I know no medium... between absolute submission and determined revolt". Yet, the existence of one preconditions that of the other, the two states are interdependent. In Jane's case either ...

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