Examples of forgiveness in Jane Eyre?For example, Jane forgives Mrs. Reed towards the end of the novel. Are there any other examples of characters forgiving each other? Thanks in advance.
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There are many examples of forgiveness in Jane Eyre. Jane forgiving Mrs. Reed is one example. Of course, Jane forgives Mrs. Reed for many things. She is not only forgiving her for withholding the letter from her previously unknown relation but also for the injustice treatment she recieved as a child. Jane forgives the injust treatment she received at Lowood School as well. She puts behind her the ridicule and punishment. Jane forgives Mr. Rochester for his treatment of her. She forgives him for attempting to make her jealous by courting another woman. She later forgives him for attempting to marry her despite the fact that he was already married. Most of the examples of forgives in the novel come from Jane because she is the main character. We do see other examples of forgiveness but they are less powerful. Mrs. Fairfax was upset by Jane's decision to marry Mr. Rochester. She, of course, forgives Jane for her choices although she continues to caution her against the relationship. Much of Jane Eyre deals with tragic circumstances and Jane's ability to overcome and forgive.