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Passion and Practicality of Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a coming-of-age narrative about an unconventional woman's development in a culture of strict principles and expectations. At critical moments in Jane's life, she makes decisions that are influenced by her own emotions and/or her reason. Through the results of those choices, Jane learns to balance passion and practicality to attain true joy. Jane is a lively girl, and her emotions give her a strength of personality that is unusual to get a female heroine of this time. Rather than being anxious and oversensitive, Jane conveys her feelings through anger. The first example of this occurs at one of the pivotal moments of her life, when John Reed strikes her . " 'Wicked and cruel boy! '' I mentioned. 'You are just like a murderer- you're just like a slave-driver- you are like the Roman emperors!' I'd read Goldsmith's History of Rome, and had formed my opinion of Nero, Caligula, etc.. Also I had drawn parallels in silence, which I never thought thus to have declared aloud." Jane realizes for the first time that she shouldn't be passive and take her fate; instead she struggles, losing control, and her actions are a blur inside her memory. "I do not very well know what I did with my hands, but he called me 'Rat! Rat!' And bellowed out aloud," she says. This action changes Jane's life forever, in both negative and positive ways. She discovers that she need not bear abuse, which she deserves much better treatment than she's obtained. From there forward, she becomes direct and honest, and creates a strong dislike of frivolity, fictitious kindness, and the hypocrisy of the top classes. She finds the couage to confront Aunt Reed and speak her thoughts: "'I'm not de...