Jane Eyre: A Close Reading of Chapter Thirty-Seven Analytical Essay

An in-depth look at chapter 37 of Charlotte Bronte's book, "Jane Eyre".
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Published on Oct 22, 2012 in Literature (English) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper examines chapter 37 of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" in close detail and looks at a variety of themes explored in the novel, such as survival and the ultimate search for identity and happiness. It examines the use of imagery and the author's choice of language in this section, as well as the inner motivations of Jane Eyre and Edward Fairfax Rochester. Further, through a close examination of the narrative and the dialogue in this chapter, the writer shows the maturity and spiritual development of the two characters. The writer explains that, by taking a closer look at this particular episode in Jane Eyre, the reader gains a better insight into the many layers of Bronte's work.

From the Paper:

''By examining these moments and dissecting issues in the past, the reader can understand the development of Jane's character and see where other parts of the text speak in concert with this later scene. While living as an orphan at Gateshead, Jane knows that she must escape and eventually live a life of independence and growth. Her need for freedom is great; the desire to think and feel will propel her life forward, where both happiness and hardships will affect the make-up of her character. As author Teachman shares, the book works well as a "story of a woman's education into life" (Teachman 2). While she is a very independent girl and woman, Jane can also show signs of a more submissive personality. Her various relationships with men showcase her desire to place them as a master within her life. Throughout the novel, Jane displays her need to balance her independent nature with that of a more submissive woman. It is from this complication and need for balance that makes her such an interesting character. The particular episode in Chapter Thirty-Seven is such a powerful scene because it works as a culmination of all her desires and shares her new level of maturity that finally brings this balance to some type of fruition.
''A close reading of their conversation is a vital part of this transformation. The structure of this scene builds and causes some suspense regarding the outcome. Will Rochester accept Jane back into his life? Will Jane experience a happy ending? Bronte's use of language, whether through structure or tone, sets the pace and meaning of the scene. Jane informs Rochester of her new wealth and playfully tries to make him jealous by talking about St. John. With this, Rochester informs Jane that he is handicapped and unable to live a normal life; he advises her to leave and live the life she deserves. Jane, however, has always desired a life with Rochester and tells him that she loves him and will never leave his side. She instantly takes charge and tells him that "it is time someone undertook to rehumanize you" (Bronte 482). She works to fix his untended hair and nurse the fire in the fireplace. Her somewhat maternal nature takes over as she quickly fills the void in his life. Rochester then asks her to marry him; she quickly accepts his proposal.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1962. Print.
  • Browning Michie, Elsie. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Teachman, Debra. Understanding Jane Eyre. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2001.

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