Monday, March 7, 2011

Jane Eyre Religion

Jane Eyre has a lot about religion in it. Charlotte Bronte's father was a minister it makes sense that religion would be in her book. But is goes much deeper than just mentioning it, and how it is practiced. When she is at Lowood school she talks a lot about religion. Lowood school is a what you might call Christian school(though by no means I would say that what they practice is Christian), because it is a 'Christian school' religion comes up a lot in this part of the book. But there are two views of Christian here that oppose each other. I would like to take a look at both of them, and compare them.

Mr. Brocklehurst has the view of God as a vengeful rathful God. He does not show love or mercy, that Christ did. He punishes without any thought to loving correction. He punishes with out any mercy, and does not talk of any forgiveness. He only talks about how we are sinful and deserve to die and are all horrible and wicked. He never talks about forgiveness. You can contrast this view with Helen Burns. She is kind and forgiving. She shows mercy, and love. She takes rebuke with a meek and quite spirit, even if it is not deserved. She listens to what they say, and things about it. She shows truly what Christianity is all about, forgiveness, mercy, love, and compassion. These two views are contrasted in the book.

I would like to talk more on this but can not think right now to do more.



  1. I am planning on rounding up all of the Jane Eyre posts at the end of the week into one page, and it would be easier if you would link every post individually. Instead of linking your main blog address, put in the url of each post. Thanks!

    (Love your posts so far by the way... you have a lot of really good points!)


  2. All right Thanks for letting me know! :)

    Thank you.


  3. I think one of the things that comes through strongest in this section of "Jane Eyre" is how Puritan the society and the school were.
    I've really spent a lot of time pondering that in the last few years - the way that once England broke from the Roman Catholic church, the way that they rolled, faster and faster like a tumbleweed, towards the most extreme iconoclasm and Calvinistic, total depravity world view.

    What do you think? d

  4. Indeed! I must say that I agree strongly with you.

  5. So, thinking about it more, what I think that Bronte does well is contrast an overly judgemental strain of society with how it could and should be, through the character of Helen.