Discuss the Role and Function of Religion in Jane Eyre Religion undeniably plays a critical role and function in the novel Jane Eyre. Religion and the characters it presents are used by Bront� throughout the piece to raise poignant questions regarding moral boundaries, the exact nature of religion as well as the guidelines we importance of such a moral code as to guide us to independence and eventual self-fulfillment. In this dissertation, I will evaluate the role and function of religion in Jane Eyre as a whole and develop some of the ideas it helps to present in the process. Before we proceed, it is important that a clear distinction be made between the "role" and "function" of religion in this novel. For purposes of this essay, the "role" of this device may refer to the effect of Religion on the novel's readership; "function" may be defined as the effect intended by Bront� in the inclusion of this critical theme. In Jane Eyre, we are presented with three different religious viewpoints through three distinct religious role models: Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen Burns and St John Rivers. The inclusion of these three characters may be viewed as Bront�'s means of presenting the flaws she sees in other people's assessment of what religion is, followed by a conclusion that presents what religion means to Jane and implicitly to Bront� herself.
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