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People talk of natural sympathies From their first meeting, Jane and Rochester are well-matched. Discuss.

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?People talk of natural sympathies?? From their first meeting, Jane and Rochester are well-matched. Discuss. A running theme from Charlotte Bronte throughout her novel, Jane Eyre is the idea, I have previously used that ?conventionality is not morality?. This idea is continued throughout the novel. It would be thought, in the Victorian era far more conventional for Jane and Rochester to just be Governess and Master; however Jane, throughout the novel, rejects the norm for what she believes to be morally correct, and this is why she could ?never unlove him;? she believes, despite what society thinks, something that her late friend Helen Burns taught her, that they are in fact a good match. From their first meeting it would be easy to say that Jane and Rochester aren?t well matched and there are various reasons for this is. The moment that Rochester appears into Jane?s life the weather is ?cold? and the wind had ?froze keenly? highlighting the Gothic nature of Rochester and the fact that it would be seem completely unconventional for Jane to ever love this man. The atmosphere of the lane reflects Rochester. There is a mystery and suspense that Jane creates due to her love and certainty of the supernatural world, such as stating that the object that is moving towards her has no name, she says ?it approached?. The fact that she refuses to believe that this object could be a person shows her willingness for a supernatural incident. ...read more.


The scene in which Jane and Rochester meet for the first time is dramatic and its outcome, when he finds that ?necessity compels me to make you useful?, foreshadows his ultimate dependence on her later in the book. Again, it is significant that they meet over ice, and that later she finds the fires lit at Thornfield where the grates had stood empty. Indeed, until Rochester comes, to return to the house is ?to return to stagnation?. Jane does not want the trappings of conventional femininity, as she says herself, she is ?becoming incapable of appreciating? the ?very privileges of security and ease? her job at Thornfield will be given to her. Under his power she will begin to melt and unlearn much of her Lowood reserve, while for her he will renounce his wandering ways. In the second meeting Jane?s ideas about Rochester are reinforced, as she and we see him in more detail. His physical appearance is very attractive to Jane such as his ?jetty eyebrows?sweep (hair flows back) of black hair?decisive nose?..,grim mouth?. Although she find these attractive, is it for the right reasons. These are all very strong mysterious features. Is it the attractiveness of Mr Rochester or the feeling of danger that lures Jane. Though, Jane believes that Rochester?s ?superiority depends on the use [he has] made of his time and experience.? Not just a financial difference. ...read more.


This shows that although not perfect, as a couple they are fairly well matched. This also further suggests Rochester kindles passion in Jane. His reading of nature, of the way ?passion may rage furiously?but judgement shall have the last word in every argument? tells us that he is a close observer of Jane and captures every essences of her character. Later, when she leaves she is angry, at the way her story has been stolen from her by the Witch, though she now knows is Rochester. But, this is their most intimate encounter between them to date. Although it would be easy to say that Jane and Rochester are not ?well matched? due to, primarily, complications that their difference in social class produce, Rochester is very quick to remove these layers of unnecessary complications, as well as letting Jane ?learn to be more natural?. By removing these obstacles, the reader begins to see how ?well matched? they are; they both have the similar moral values, and ?are intellectual equals? with Jane matching Rochester in any argument, which is what Blanche Ingram, with all her ?beauty and accomplishments? lacks. A sense of originality, which Jane possesses. Conventionality would have forbidden their relationship and it would have never become anything more that strictly professional, but as it is both are extremely unconventional they were, therefore wiling to break the stereotype in that era of having a marriage for financial resources, and it is therefore fair to say that they are, in fact, ?well-matched?. ...read more.

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