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Charlotte Bronte addresses the theme of Religion in the novel Jane Eyre using many characters as symbols Bronte states Conventionality is not morality Self-righteousness is not religionpreface v In Jane Eyre Bronte supports the theme that customary actions are not always moral through the conventional personalities of Mrs Reed Mr Brocklehurst and St John Rivers The novel begins in Gateshead Hall when Jane must stay away from her aunt and cousins because she does not know how to speak pleasantly to them Mrs Reed possesses a higher standing in society Due to Janes lower class standing Mrs Reed treats Jane as an outcast As Bessie and Miss Abbot drag Jane to the red room a most scary room for a child she is told by Miss Abbot No you are less than a servant for you do nothing for your keep14She must stay in the red room after she retaliates to the attack John Reed makes upon her her obnoxious cousin John tells Jane mamma says you have no money your father left you none you ought to beg and not live here with gentlemens children like us and eat the same meals that we do and wear clothes at our mamas expense12 She receives no love or approval from her family The only form of love that she does have is the doll she clings to at night when she sleeps Mrs Reed is a conventional woman who believes that her class standing sets her to be superior and therefore better than a member of her own family As a result of Janes tantrums quick temper and lack of self- control society classifies her as an immoral person She speaks up for her herself when she knows she is not supposed to and her family believes that she acts more like a rebel than a young woman Her spontaneous and violent actions go against conventionality and she must suffer for being so free-spirited Miss
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