I Will Not Be Yours (Jane Eyre)

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I Will not Be Yours from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Self-respect helps remember what we value and who we wish to be. If you do not respect yourself and cannot stay true to your own morals and standards it is difficult to be satisfied with your choices - what it truly takes to be happy with our actions is not the respect given by others, but the ability to respect yourself and keep your self-respect intact. Self-respect is closely connected with the feeling of dignity and confidence in oneself.

“I Will not Be Yours” is a fictional text, an extract from a novel called Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë published in 1847. Jane Eyre is the protagonist and a first person narrator in the extract.
The extract is a dialogue between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester. The dialogue tells a lot about Jane Eyre and of her self-respect and beliefs. Jane appears to be a religious person who indeed believes in God and his words for example when she tells Rochester to trust in God and believe in heaven and justifies herself “I will keep the law given by God; Sanctioned by man.”, if Jane does as Rochester wants her to and becomes his mistress, it would be bigamy and secondly offend the marriage and laws given by God. Jane does not want to give up her integrity to become Mr Rochester’s mistress and have a chance to love and free her passion. Although Jane does stay true to herself and God a part of her wants to give in and allow herself to break the laws of God, “Soothe him; save him; love him; tell him you love him and will be his. Who in the world cares for you? Or who will be injured by that you do?”, this quote is a part of a passage that Jane thinks to herself where she is tempted to give in and let her heart win her inner fight. During the fight with herself she considers who it will offend - since she has no family the crime would not affect or bring shame on anyone but herself but…...

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