"As due by many titles I resign My self to thee, O God ?" (Donne) What do you see as the most interesting or challenging aspects of therelationship between the human and divine in the texts ?Jane Eyre' and the poetry of John Donne?
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The contrast of "crimson cloth" with "a snowy Marseilles counterpane" (Bronte, Chap 2 ?Jane Eyre) provides the reader with thoughts of purity versus sin and passion and consequently the conflicts within religion which are shown to prey on Jane's mind:
I began to recall what I had heard of dead men,
troubled in their graves by the violation of their last wishes, revisiting
the earth to punish the purged and avenge the oppressed?
(Bronte, Chap 2 ?Jane Eyre')
Jane has been in a family structure based on punishment and, rebellion by her...
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Before entering the Red Room, she is reminded by Miss Abbott that "God will punish her" and that she is to say her prayers, for if she does not repent, "something bad may be permitted to come down the chimney" and fetch her away (Bronte, Chap 2 ?Jane Eyre'). This comment to a child is undoubtedly going to have some impact and as shown in the extract from the Red Room scene above, Jane's thoughts of the relationship one has with God relate to the form of upbringing that she has received from her Aunt's household...
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