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Jane Eyre and Control Dramas

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Jane Eyre and Control Dramas

There are particular powers that drive lives in their respective directions. Some are internal, but the majority are external. The external propellers are forces caused by the environment of an individual. Environmental influences include but are not limited to geographical and climatic forces. In addition, there are societal forces such as the "control drama." Control dramas have been introduced by the best selling author James Redfield as a way to evaluate situations through behavioral classifications. Jane Eyre is an excellent example of how control dramas affect the individual. In order to fully understand why Jane acts as she does, it is paramount to analyze the control dramas that influence her choices and decisions (Redfield 142-43).

Redfield suggests, "One of the first steps we must take to evolve consciously is to clear away our past attitudes, fears, misinformation, and behavior for controlling the flow of energy" (142-43). A control drama is a situation that involves an individual want or drive to control power. This will to power is exhibited through actions, reactions, conversations, and all other facets of everyday life. The foundation of control dramas begin early in life and set the tone for further life choices. In a conversation, for example, there is often a constant drive for each participant to feel as if he or she is in control. The way that each person gains control defines the different levels of a control drama. There are four basic types of power control that we purport: two which are passive and the two that are active.

The most active role one can assume is the "intimidator." The intimidator vies for attention by use of extreme behavior....

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...Jane's environment, she fell in love with Mr. Rochester. The reason for her feelings was not because he was good looking, especially kind, rich, or socially suitable, but because she felt no pressure to perform within a control drama. Mr. Rochester and Jane did not have to act with activity or passivity to coerce the other to sacrifice any of their own personal control. This unfettered relationship is finally successful because of their conscious effort to remain free of these dramas.

Works Cited

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Ed. Richard J. Dunn. 2nd ed. Norton: New York, 1987. (5-398).

Eagleton, Terry. "Jane Eyre's power Struggles." Jane Eyre. Ed. Richard J. Dunn. 2nd ed. Norton: New York, 1987. (491-96).

Redfield, James, and Carol Adrienne. The Celestine Prophesy: An Experimental Guide. New York: Time Warner Co., 1995.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how jane eyre is an excellent example of how control dramas affect the individual.
  • Explains that a control drama involves an individual want or drive to control power through actions, reactions, conversations, and all other facets of everyday life.
  • Explains that the most active role one can assume is the "intimidator." the basic role of the intimidator is to steal power in a situation.
  • Explains that although the intimidator is excessive, there is another active role that is less threatening. the "interrogator" is condescending, questioning, and intellectual.
  • Analyzes how jane began as an intimidator with an active role in power control, but mrs. reed curbed this behavior at the beginning of the novel.
  • Explains passive roles are similar in circumstance, but dissimilar in properties. the first is created either by the intimidator or the interrogator and is classified as "aloof."
  • Explains the passive role of the "poor me victim," which controls power in a situation by making the others feel sorry for them. weakness is used to gain attention, to give the victim power out of pure sympathy.
  • Describes how jane learned how to survive within the drama guidelines and assumed a more subdued role. she shut herself off from the reeds and began to live under the aloof and poor me divisions.
  • Analyzes how jane's school, lowood, occupied the vacuum the reeds left. the script was flipped and she was now in the role of activity again.
  • Analyzes how jane felt the absence of power at hillshire and was drawn to mr. rochester because of this state of equality between them.
  • Analyzes how eagleton points out a realization in jane and mr. rochester's relationship "in terms of spiritual equality," but does not expound on the advantage to jane in this respect.
  • Analyzes how mr. rochester's secretive wife obliterated the absence of control in the relationship. because rochester was already married, he once again assumed a powerful role.
  • Narrates how jane stumbled upon a humble abode occupied by three women and one man, and discovered that she had to wield some active and some passive power to pacify the drama that existed within marsh house.
  • Analyzes how the woman returned to mr. rochester after he had lost his eyesight, hand, and home. subconsciously, she entreated to return the equality and unfettered life that she once had with him.
  • Analyzes how jane fell in love with mr. rochester because she felt no pressure to perform within a control drama. the unfettered relationship is successful because of their conscious effort to remain free of these dramas.
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