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How Does Bronte Present Mr Rochester?

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How does Brönte present Mr Rochester in the novel Jane Eyre? Mr Rochester is presented as coming from a family that has “always been well respected,” within the community and owned, “almost all the land in the neighbourhood” and so is a very wealthy man, however as we learn not everything in his life is so black and white and there is a lot more to his character than we would perhaps initially suspect. Below I will discuss how Bronte presents Mr Rochester as well as the effects of this. Mrs Fairfax, whilst discussing the subject of Mr Rochester’s character with the intrigued Jane, provides answers that although are not intriguing in themselves, present an interesting point. She says, “I have no course otherwise to like him; and I believe he is considered…” This puzzles the reader slightly as to why Mrs Fairfax stresses the “I” and why it is that her abrupt answers appear to be hiding something from Jane. ...read more.

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Mr Rochester brings the young girl, Adèle Varens to Thornfield, after her mother – who Rochester had a relationship with – abandoned her. Despite her mother once being his mistress, Mr Rochester does not believe Adèle to be his daughter. I believe this shows that although he appears at most times within the novel as a confusing and apathetic character, Mr Rochester also has a softer, caring side. He brings her back a gift whenever he returns to Thornfield and this thoughtful gesture in itself shows him to obtain affection and think of others, furthering the point that he is caring. Constantly throughout the novel, Brönte appears to present two very contrasting aspects of Mr Rochester’s character, for example Jane tells us that she feels Rochester’s “presence in a room was more cheering than the brightest fire” and then contradicts her statement by later saying he was “proud, sardonic and harsh.” This shows that Mr Rochester is a very hard character to understand because he is presented as having several facets to his personality, all contradicting each other, resulting in a very confusing character. ...read more.

Conclusion

Brönte brings religion into the character of Mr Rochester in some aspects of the novel, he speaks words from the bible and it is generally believed that he began to feel remorse, repentance and the wish for reconciliation” towards his maker. This stands out due to its alliteration and this is done to express the strength of Rochester’s feelings. It looks as though in the novel Brönte tries to show step by step that Mr Rochester first committed a sin in trying to marry Jane despite already being married to Bertha, then he suffered for it and this is seen by the fire, which could perhaps be symbolic of him going through purgatory after which he is then able to receive Jane’s love. Throughout the book Mr Rochester’s character has a very interesting impact on the audience. We are in intrigued by him and at times we really want him to be with Jane despite lying to her and at other times we want him to be alone and punished for his actions. Overall I quite like Mr Rochester because it seems that he learns the error of his ways. ...read more.

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