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Analyse Jane's relationship with Rochester in terms of its structure as a typical romance.

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Analyse Jane's relationship with Rochester in terms of its structure as a typical romance. Jane Eyre is one of the most famous and well-read romantic novels in English literature. The novel has been translated into scores of different languages and adapted many times for dramatised productions. The relationship between Jane and Rochester is the central theme of the novel. Charlotte Bront� makes use of a simple yet familiar story line: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl are reunited after some hardship and then live happily ever after. Jane Eyre contains most of the classic features of a love story. For example, real or imagined barriers between the two parties, misunderstandings, sudden separations, warm reunions, shared dangers, jealousy and helping or consoling the other party. Both Jane and Rochester are passionate characters who have a great capacity to love. Neither Jane nor Rochester is physically attractive but they both have strong personalities. A typical feature of a love story is the presence of apparently insurmountable barriers between the man and the woman. Charlotte Bront� makes use of this concept in Jane Eyre. For example, the difference in wealth between Jane and Rochester poses a barrier, as Jane is quite penniless when she arrives at Thornfield. ...read more.

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The personalities of both principal characters could be seen as posing a barrier to the romance. Jane is strong-willed, passionate, has a strong personal integrity and is also deeply religious. Rochester is arrogant, romantic, proud, distant, insensitive, forceful, deceitful and irresponsible at times. They are both, however, passionate people. Jane might be financially dependent but she does have an independent spirit. Rochester is of independent means and likes people to be dependent on him. Finally, there is the barrier posed by the imagined love of another. Jane convinces herself that Rochester loves Blanche Ingram and is going to marry her. This is, however, not the case. Similarly, at the end of the novel Rochester is convinced that Jane is in love with St John Rivers and she is going to marry him. Again this is not the case. To make Jane Eyre more interesting and exciting for the reader sudden separations are woven into the story. For instance, Jane is sent for by her Aunt Reed who is on her deathbed (Chapter 21). The very next day she leaves Thornfield for Gateshead. Another sudden separation happens in chapter 16 when Rochester out of the blue leaves to visit friends. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nor are they particularly charismatic figures. There is no obvious chemistry between Rochester and Jane, which is very unusual in a romance. Whilst reading this book I found the lack of romance quite frustrating at times. I was never quite felt that Jane was "swept off her feet" by Rochester. Even when Rochester was proposing to her she thought that he was joking - not the typical romance. I also found Rochester to be unduly insensitive to Jane, which is not what you would expect in a romance. For example, on page 161 he says, "you never felt jealousy, did you, Miss Eyre? Of course not: I need not ask you; because you never felt love". A typical romance also usually contains an element of glamour which is missing from this novel. Jane is not the glamorous Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty figure of fairy stories but nor is she the tragic drama figure of Mimi in La Boh�m�. I therefore conclude that in general Charlotte Bront� has kept to the structure of a typical romance as she includes many of the main elements of a love story. There are, however a few aspects which I consider important features in a love story that have been omitted. Nevertheless Jane Eyre is undoubtedly one of the best romantic novels of all time. Claire Freeland M5LC English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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