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Beauty is generally classified into two main categories physical and mental In the Charlotte Brontes Jane Erye the protagonist rejects by choice and submission her own physical beauty in favor of her mental intelligence and humility Her choice becomes her greatest benefit by allowing her to win the hand of the man of her desires a man who has the values Jane herself believes in She values her knowledge and thinking before any of her physical appearances because of her desire as a child to read the lessons she is taught and the reinforcements of the idea appearing in her adulthood During the course of the novel she lives at five homes In each of these places the idea of inner beauty conquering exterior appearance becomes a lesson and in her last home she gains her reward a man who loves her solely for her mind She reads against her cousins wishes as a child at Gateshead learns to value her intelligence as a child at the Lowood Institution her mind and humility win the heart of MrRochester at Thornfield Manor she earns St Johns marriage proposal at Marshs End and in the end she wins her prize of Mr Rochesters hand in marriage at Ferndean Manor Jane Erye spent the beginning of her childhood at her Aunts house where she struggles to become more intelligent by reading books Jane wants to learn even though her cousin insists You have no business to read our books you are a dependent pg 42 Shortly after being struck for reading she lays in bed and requests Gullivers Travels from the library This book I had again and again perused with delight pg 53 Her ambition to read and better herself meets opposition from her cousins yet she continues to struggle to read when she can The family she lives with treats her as an outcast but she continues to reject their criticism of her and
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