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“Mr Rochester and Jane are equals if not in social stature certainly in intellect and spiritual temperament” how far do you agree that Jane and Mr Rochester are suited to one another?

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"Mr Rochester and Jane are equals if not in social stature certainly in intellect and spiritual temperament" how far do you agree that Jane and Mr Rochester are suited to one another? I agree fully that Jane and Mr Rochester are perfectly suited not just in intellect and spirit but in social class also. I intend to prove this by using 4 major points: the marriage proposal, Victorian taboo blanche Ingram, true love and temptation, and also the end of the story, which is the final scales of justice to the two lovers. Despite his strict manner and not particularly handsome appearance, Edward Rochester wins Jane's heart, because she feels they are kindred spirits, and because he is the first person in the novel to offer Jane real love and a real home. This is shown by the way Jane is offered a marriage proposal by Sinjin (also known as st john in the novel) he is a very respected minister who is quite wealthy and offers Jane the opportunity to travel with him in his ministry work St. John offers Jane the chance to make a more meaningful contribution to society than she would as a housewife. At the same time, life with St. ...read more.


Yet, as paid employees, they were more or less treated as servants; thus, Jane remains penniless and powerless while at Thornfield. Jane's understanding of the double standard crystallizes when she becomes aware of her feelings for Rochester; she is his intellectual, but not his social, equal. Even before the crisis surrounding Bertha Mason, Jane is hesitant to marry Rochester because she senses that she would feel obliged to him for "condescending" to marry her. Jane's distress, which appears most strongly in Chapter 17, seems to be Bronte's critique of Victorian class attitudes. Jane herself speaks out against class prejudice at certain moments in the book. For example, in Chapter 23 she chastises Rochester: "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! -I have as much soul as you-and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you." However, it is also important to note that the nowhere in Jane Eyre are society's boundaries bent. Ultimately, Jane is only able to marry Rochester as his equal because she has almost magically come into her own inheritance from her uncle. ...read more.


And then to draw blanche in her best colours and in all her beauty and label it 'Blanche, an accomplished lady of rank.' She then goes on to explain what these pictures mean; "Whenever, in future, you should chance to fancy Mr. Rochester thinks well of you, take out these two pictures and compare them: say, 'Mr. Rochester might probably win that noble lady's love, if he chose to strive for it; is it likely he would waste a serious thought on this indigent and insignificant plebeian?'" I, personally do not believe that this is the way that Jane really feels, I believe that she has made up this rubbish to try and soften the blow that blanch has caused in her feelings towards Mr Rochester. She is trying to help herself by saying that she was a fool to ever love Rochester in the first place as he has always been to good for her standards. In conclusion I believe as I did in that start that Jane is a definite equal to Mr Rochester as they both have the same level of: intellect, spirit and more importantly at the end of the novel they are social equal as Jane inherits her small fortune meaning that she can choose to stay with Mr Rochester as a lover rather then relying on him as a benefactor. Daniel Barton 10 S1 Miss James ...read more.

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