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Analysis of passages and Mr Rochester in "Jane Eyre".

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ASSIGNMENT H - ENGLISH LITERATURE AS Natalie Lesley Calabrese - 28th January 2011 I looked at Mr Rochester; I made him look at me. His whole face was colourless rock; his eye was both spark and flint. He disavowed nothing; he seemed as if he would defy all things. Without speaking, without smiling, without seeming to recognise in me to his side. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The passage occurs towards the middle of chapter 26 and the events described take place on the morning of Jane Eyre and Rochester's wedding. The action takes place in the church, which is right in front of Thornfield. A place well suited for the covert nature of the ceremony. At this point, the passage emphasizes Rochester's reaction towards the interruption of the 'two shadows', who had entered the church just a few seconds before them. One of them was his brother-in-law, Mr Mason (the mad woman's brother, who is kept in the attic) and the other was a lawyer. His reaction was of complete astonishment (his face was colourless rock), when the unexpected 'intruders' revealed the existence of his previous marriage to Bertha Mason. The novel's suspense relies on the fact that the narrator is not entirely omniscient, she does not reveal key information until the point in the chronology of events when Jane herself became aware of this information. For example, the narrative does not report that Rochester is married and that his wife is locked away upstairs until the moment in the wedding ceremony when other characters come forth with this information. ...read more.


St John Rivers has nearly convinced her into marrying him and feels that she should do confusing moral duty with social convention, Jane runs away from Rochester and herself. Yet, Rochester would defy all. Legal, religious and social laws are put aside. In these lines it is the cry of Jane's most inner part, which places rationality aside to set free her passion. This idea is conveyed by the repetition of the same question 'Where are you?" as if she were hypnotised. Moreover, it sets the tone of the passage, it is meditative and persuasive. This is also aptly conveyed by the use of the repetition of the first-person 'I'. It is herself, who decides on her fate. The optimism of this belief, in which the individual controls his own salvation. The lines continue with an allusion to 'Marsh Glen', as if she is justifying 'the supernatural voice' she has heard, with that of the nature, to which she is so devoted to. Nature not only expresses her feelings but also gives her Providential signs. The passage is filled with imagery drawn from nature and the English countryside. Bronte uses this imagery to suggest her characters' moral condition and state of mind. She uses language successfully to create the world of someone astounded and in profound silence as if keeping her breath trying to listen to any further suggestions. The personification of the 'wind' effectively suggests the way in which the mood can be created by nature or chimes in with mood. ...read more.


When Joshua confesses his crime to God, he is informed that he will be left out of God's benevolence, unless he gets the traitor to confess his guilt. Therefore, Achan admits that he has hidden "a goodly Babylonish garment" beneath his tent. Thereafter, the Israelites punish him for having gone against God, stone Achan and his family to death and then burn their bodies. Rochester, who attempts bigamy, believes that Thornfield Hall is a "tent of Achan" to the extent that it hides the crime's proof (Bertha his wife who is locked up in the attic). Moreover, he does not learn from the story of Achan and is sure he will be able to eschew punishment. Such symbolism is used to convict Rochester of both sin and lack of self-knowledge. Bronte analyses his attitude towards religion, he seems to prefer personal conversion, in which the individual controls his own salvation. At the end Rochester's disability represents a moral resurrection, he is physically blind, but sees and is sure of his love for Jane. Guided by a Jane perceived as a higher being, cures his sinful behaviour and says: 'I thank my Maker that in the midst of judgment He has remembered mercy. I humbly entreat my Redeemer to give me strength to lead henceforth a purer life than I have done hitherto'. In conclusion, Charlotte Bronte uses words of endearment, evokes passion and veneration towards the Byronic Rochester, although does not forget to emphasise the major differences there are between him and the protagonist. He is a earthly hero and is depicted with all his vices and weakness which are linked to men. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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