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Analyse and evaluate Bronte's presentation of Rochester and St John Rivers

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Analyse and evaluate Bronte's presentation of Rochester and St John Rivers Bronte portrays Rochester in a very different way to St John Rivers; you could say they are complete opposites. Rochester has very dark features, such as dark hair and dark eyes with a heavy brow yet he isn't handsome. The impression we get of Rochester is that he is a very powerful man, he's first introduced on a horse in a dark alley alone and he scares Jane. This represents him as a stallion and a strong man. This is also a mysterious setting and keeps us in suspense not knowing who he is and Jane doesn't realise she works for him. Rochester's manner is very bossy and also makes him seem powerful, his first line is "what the deuce is to do now?" this is almost swearing and it's a rhetorical question and is rude. When Jane tries to help him he says to her "you must stand to one side" this is bossy and commanding and gives us the impression of him being powerful. Later on we realise that it is because Rochester is so used to giving orders and being bossy but as this is the first scene we do not realise, it makes us think of him as rude and bossy. The description Jane first gives us of Rochester is that he isn't handsome and she isn't intimidated by him but as he seems powerful to us we would have expected her to be intimidated by him, this softens our opinion of him. ...read more.


When Jane arrives at Thornfield the first impression she gets of it is that it's like a castle, Thornfield is a solitary building which Bronte uses to represent Rochester as he is an independent solitary man who we often get the impression is lonely. A lot of the rooms in Thornfield are unoccupied and the emptiness of Thornfield could also be seen as representing Rochester because before Jane Rochester was lonely and empty inside, he had been used for money which he later tells Jane about and this left him empty. Although Thornfield seems empty and secretive Jane also feels reassured and she describes it as being warm and comfortable. This helps us to relate to Rochester because he adds to the feeling of comfort as she feels happy and relaxed around him, she isn't intimidated by Rochester and she isn't intimidated by the grandness of Thornfield either. Although Thornfield is described sometimes as being eerie and mysterious such as the wooden staircase it's also described as being cozy and there are many references to light and fire. This is very similar to how Bronte describes Rochester, he's seen as a man that is rude and is of a higher status then Jane yet we are continually reminded of his passion and warmth. Although it's a big grand house it isn't as big as a stately home "gentleman's manor house to a nobleman's stead". Thornfield is in big grounds and is isolated from the community, this is relates to Rochester as he is isolated from the community around his house and often goes away form Thornfield for long periods of time. ...read more.


This makes us like Rochester as it seems as though he treats Jane nicely. he's very warm towards Jane and we approve of him because he's a loving passionate man especially towards Jane, this is the complete opposite to St john as he is emotionless and doesn't respect Jane very much and he always acts a though he's better then Jane , unlike Rochester who thinks Jane is his equal. Bronte uses this to make us favor Rochester over St John. Rochester proposes to Jane purely for love and the chemistry between Jane and Rochester we see as very strong and when Rochester proposes to Jane it seems perfect, there outside in a beautiful setting and is very romantic, this gets the readers approval of Jane and Rochester because we feel that they are extremely in love and that its romantic and passionate. We disapprove of St John and Jane's relationship because although we now that St John have very high morals, he doesn't seem to respect Jane and the marriage is purely for his convenience not for love. St John tries to bully Jane into marrying him and his proposal is completely un romantic and unemotional. The setting is outside and is beautiful moorland which would be romantic but the way St john proposes, without emotion, cold blunt and commanding it makes it seem cold and dull and not a beautiful setting, because of all this we disapprove of St johns proposal as it isn't about love its for him as a missionary. ...read more.

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