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Essentially, Jane Eyre is a story of romantic love Discuss.

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"Essentially, Jane Eyre is a story of romantic love" Using Jane Eyre page 171 as your starting point, from "I, indeed, talked comparatively little" to "suppose he should be absent spring, summer, and autumn: how joyless sunshine and fine rays will seem!" on page 172, explore the methods which writers use to present romantic love. A romance novel is one which focuses on the developing romantic relationship between two individuals. Its main plot may involve romantic suspense - struggles that associate with obtaining each other's affections. The novel is often narrated by a female protagonist, whose description of emotions and feelings are very vivid, using a lot of imagery. Setting is an important aspect of the romance novel and is often used to portray the character's feelings or moods. The novels are very emotional and are designed to evoke some sort of emotion (sympathy, sadness or joy) from the reader. They usually end with the characters being united and having a promising future. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre features many of these characteristics and Bronte presents romantic love in different ways, using different methods. ...read more.

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This idea is highlighted again later on in the novel, when Jane hears Mr Rochester's voice from miles away. Not only does this show their telepathic and almost supernatural connection; it also shows that love is beyond human understanding. Bronte makes her surrogate fall in love with a Byronic character to emphasize that love must be realistic. She does this by showing that despite his faults, Jane and loves Mr Rochester. She admits that he was "proud, sardonic, harsh to inferiority of every description..." and yet she "saw that it was his way." Bronte stresses the importance of mutual understanding in a relationship and makes it the most significant quality in a relationship. The fact that she creates an unattractive hero rather than a handsome one shows that one doesn't have to be beautiful to be loved. Although Jane thinks Rochester is ugly at first, she is still attracted to him and eventually she admits that "his presence was more cheering than the brightest fire." Fire is often used to show passion and Jane's strong feelings for Mr Rochester. Jane later directly addresses her connection with him: "though rank and wealth serve us widely, I have something in my brain and heart,...blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him" "Brain...heart...blood and nerves" all show that her connection with Mr Rochester is natural. ...read more.

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While foreshadows Jane and Rochester's separation, it also shows the affect that the separation is going to have. Just as the tree is split in two and can never recover from the damage caused, the separation of Jane and Mr Rochester also has some lasting effect. Just as the tree cannot be the same after it has been separated, Jane and Rochester cannot be happy without each other. Bronte suggests that true love cannot be separated for too long, and that the separation will cause great pain and damage. Bronte is successful in presenting her ideas about love and the methods used are interesting. Jane Eyre a story of romantic love and it conveys some rather unconventional ideas about this topic. Bronte manipulates language and uses imagery to reinforce the strong emotions experienced alongside love. She also uses setting to represent certain feelings and her manipulation of characters assists her in putting forward her point. She shows that love can be a pleasant feeling and outlines the aspects which people should focus on when choosing a partner. Her main point is that people must love each other for their personalities and attachment as opposed to physical characteristics or wealth. Bronte also shows that separation from the person one loves can be painful and can cause lasting damage. ...read more.

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