Helen Keller had absolutely no hearing or eyesight from the age of two, but became one of the most inspiring and well known people to have ever lived. For a number of years she functioned, in her words, simply as "an unconscious clod of earth." Then quite suddenly, she experienced the impact of "another mind" within her own. Despite not knowing where it came from or how itHelen Keller had absolutely no hearing or eyesight from the age of two, but became one of the most inspiring and well known people to have ever lived. For a number of years she functioned, in her words, simply as "an unconscious clod of earth." Then quite suddenly, she experienced the impact of "another mind" within her own. Despite not knowing where it came from or how it got there, she awoke to a new awareness of being able to talk and listen with her hands. She learned to read and write, wrote at least ten books, and attended college. Her religion developed from living deeply within her spiritual self, cut off from normal sensation, and spending her life on a spiritual plane. She incorporated her own experiences with the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a mystic born in 1688, and the Swedenborgian Church. Swedenborg, like Keller, had experienced other realms of spirit and transmitted deeper teachings that Helen saw with great clarity. She wrote this book after receiving many requests for her to describe her religious beliefs....more
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Published March 14th 2007 by Book Tree (first published January 1st 1927)
Essay on Religion in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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Religion in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte intertwines various religious ideas in her mid-nineteenth century English setting. Throughout the novel, Jane Eyre blends various religious insights which she has learned from different sources. While Jane was young, she had only a Biblical textbook outlook on life combined with the miserable emotional conditions of her surroundings. This in turn led to Jane being quite mean with Mrs. Reed. When Jane eventually goes off to Lowood and meets Helen Burns, she learns of her religious philosophy far more than the words would mean. Over the course of many years Jane then applies the basis of Helen's religious philosophy and adjusts it for herself in relation to the…show more content…
Helen Burns is probably the turning point of life for Jane, although we don't see it happening immediately. When Jane explains to Helen what she feels about being good she says, 'you are good to those who are good to you. It is all I ever desire to be. If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way.' Helen tells the "little untaught girl," about life: 'It is not violence that best overcomes hate - nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury,' and 'Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you.' Jane is incredibly confused by this statement; she cannot understand how she could ever love someone she hates so dearly, as in this case Mrs. Reed and her son, John. So Jane quickly responds with, "Then I should love Mrs. Reed, which I cannot do: I should bless her son John, which is impossible." Although Jane does not yet comprehend Helen Burn's words at this time, she will eventually learn the basis of what Helen is saying later in adult life; as shown when Jane returns of to Gateshead to Mrs. Reed?s deathbed showing forgiveness and compassion.