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It is believed that we are born with a predestined personality Our spiritual individuality is just as much a product of our genetic makeup as the color of our skin or our eyes With our soul firmly planted we can then build upon this basis as we are educated of the world The social climate and cultural atmosphere shape our personalities however it is the people in our lives who have the greatest influence Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre reveals this idea by the development of the protagonist Through a series of character foils Bronte expresses her idea of self-development and growth of the human spirit by contrasting passion with reason By my interpretation of the novel Bronte suggests that in ones life time they will encounter a number of people and experiences that will arouse enough emotion in them to have the power to change their direction in life St John Rivers plays one of these life determining foils to Jane Eyre His confidence devotion and reason intrigue Jane almost enough to silence her inner passionate spirit but it is the forces of nature that prove to be stronger than human will The life path of a Victorian woman was somewhat limited in its direction and expression of individuality Jane Eyre strongly adheres to the Victorian morality which was dominated by the Anglican party of the Church of England in which passion and emotion were kept concealed Janes instinct for asserting herself was stifled at an early age and could only be expressed through defiance The defiant declaration of independence from Mrs Reed You are deceitfulvi37 gives Jane the power of freedom and opens up a life of unhoped-for libertyvi37 Through the preceding years Jane develops into a highly educated well spoken and strong willed woman She is taught to be patient and thoughtful during her years in Lowood and is
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