Equal before God
Posted by Erin on October 17, 1997 at 20:08:29:
In response to IMO..., written by Helen on October 17, 1997 at 15:25:04
Will you stop with "IMO" (or "IMHO" if you're being nice)?! Sheesh, you're doing it all over the place, Helen. As if everything posted was not of our singular or collective 'opinion(s)'. ;-p
But I do agree with your claims. ;-) (You started this agreeing stuff).
So the ending, taking the focus away from their relationship and to a wider spiritual context, means that we don't end seeing Jane Eyre subsumed into a relationship, but as part of a great spiritual world.
Yes, she transcends the ethical/social sphere, by identifying with a context that is not contingent; rather it is absolute.
...women in particular have often found religion a great empowering force for that reason - because it allows them to think of themselves as beings equall before God
I think you're right on here. As I choose to understand it, the individual's relationship with God essentially isolates the self; that is take the individual out of an everyday social context. (Ontologically, I think this is unprovable and extremely problematic, but that's another issue.)
It is interesting to note that I've rarely (if ever) read about woman's sense of self in relation to God, in such away that makes the relation even more crucial and potent. Hmmm...many stalled feminists could use this, but they probably won't; it's not a post-modernist idea (ie. agnostic or atheist enough in tone) that they find viable --I would suppose.
Helen, getting dangerously near her thesis topic
Well at least you've managed to unite your activities; or maybe this just an attempt to rationalize the amount of time you spend here. ;-) Well I'm in your corner kid.
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