Paper on Jane Eyre

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Lindsay Lastinger Ms. Carver AP Essay-Jane Eyre April 15, 2011 Jane Eyre: Moral Obligation versus a Passion for Love Throughout Jane Eyre , the protagonist, Jane, demonstrates an incessant sense of moral obligation, especially through her refusal to marry the wealthy aristocrat, Rochester, after learning that he was, indeed, still married to another woman. Using her true moral intuition, Jane flees temptation by leaving Rochester—one of the only individuals who ever truly loved her despite her low social standing, lack of conventional beauty, and overall peculiarity. In leaving Rochester, Jane becomes more aware of herself as an individual, and the dominating theme of one’s passions versus one’s responsibilities is developed. Jane’s decision to leave Rochester stems directly from her sense of moral obligation. Jane is a highly religious woman, and therefore, refuses to marry Rochester while his insanity-plagued wife, Bertha, is still alive. She claims that if she were to marry Rochester, she would become nothing but a “mistress” to him, which would inevitably pose conflict to her morals. Though Rochester was a man who truly loved Jane despite her low social standing as a governess, Jane refuses to give in to his sinful request. Moreover, even before knowing of Bertha’s existence,
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