Comment on and explain the quote "Suffering created Jane Eyre as a self-made woman" from Jane Eyre.

The quote "Suffering created Jane Eyre as a self-made woman" from Jane Eyre refers to how Jane is molded by the suffering she has endured. Her strife enables her to withstand life's difficulties. She becomes resilient, self-reliant, and independent because of it, as implied in the quote. At the end of the book, Jane tells Mr. Rochester that she is "an independent woman now," meaning that she is financially independent and also free to choose her own path in life.

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The quote refers to how Jane is molded and changed by all the suffering that she has endured throughout her life and by the suffering that she has observed inflicted on others. Early in the book, Jane questions why she must suffer:

Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, forever condemned?

Yet, her strife strengthens her and enables her to withstand the difficulties that life has thrown at her. She becomes more resilient, self-reliant, and independent because of it, which is implied in the quote.

When she learns that Mr. Rochester is still married, Jane even tells him,

We were born to strive and endure—you as well as I: do so.

When he asks her who will care for her if she rejects him, her reply is that she will care for herself. She is independent and self-made:

Still indomitable was the reply—"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself."

At the end of the book, when Jane reconnects with Mr....

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