RE: Has anyone read Jane Eyre need essay: Who is St. John Rivers and what role
Who is St. John Rivers and what role does he play in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre?
More specifically: in an essay that focuses on his behaviors, his treatment of other characters, and his dreams/aspirations, consider whether St. John is (a) one of the only straightforwardly benevolent characters in the novel or (b) a character with a decidedly “dark” side.
St. John Rivers is cold, hard-hearted, and repressed Jane’s benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield, giving her food and shelter. He’s a serious fellow, and has ambitions to be a missionary in India. He wants from Jane is a helpmeet for his missionary endeavours, and practicality and purity say that Jane must come as his wife, not simply as his assistant. He tries to persuade, no rather, command her. St. John relinquishes worldly happiness for a commitment to his religious principles. His stern religious faith makes him self-denying and cold. Jane rebuffs his offer plainly, suggesting instead that she could travel as a fellow-worker but not a wife.