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Jane Eyre Essay

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Jane Eyre The length of a character's appearance in a novel does not necessarily reflect on their significance. In Charlotte Bront¸'s fictional autobiography, Jane Eyre, Helen Burns proves to be a significant character in spite of her short appearance. Helen both directly and indirectly affects Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Helen Burns' short appearance in Jane Eyre directly affects Jane's ways of thinking and perceiving the world around her. Helen has an overwhelming sense of peace about her that she radiates to Jane during their stay at Lowood School. Helen teaches Jane about forgiveness and understanding, lessons that would help Jane out later in life. Second, ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, with inspiration from Helen, Jane learns to accept reason over passion. This way of thinking is apparent when Jane rejects Mr. Rochester's proposal to be his mistress. She loves Mr. Rochester, but she knows that he is married and that it is extremely wrong to be his mistress. Jane's acceptance of reason over passion shows when she rejects St. John's marriage proposal. She knows that she is not in love with him and that she can not marry someone with whom she is not in love. Through Helen's acceptance, forgiveness, and understanding, she proves that a significant character does not have to be a main character. Edward Rochester is another character whose development is affected by Helen Burns. Though Helen Burns does not affect Rochester directly, he is affected indirectly through Jane's actions and influence on Jane's personality. Jane's forgiving, understanding, and nonresistant attitudes attract Mr. Rochester. Rochester's tough and unforgiving nature seems to be a foil for Jane's own attitudes. Rochester first shows his change in attitude when Jane asks a leave of absence to be with her dying aunt. Instead of arguing with her to stay, he allows her to go, showing his first signs of caring and compassion for Jane. His loving feelings are very much like Helen's own feelings of compassion for others. When Jane's leave, which is supposed to last a week, lasts almost a month, Mr....

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