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Charlotte Bronte uses the romantic genre in Jane Eyre to explore her ideas about love and marriage. What ideas about marriage do you find in Jane Eyre?

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Charlotte Bronte uses the romantic genre in Jane Eyre to explore her ideas about love and marriage. What ideas about marriage do you find in Jane Eyre? I am looking at a passage in the 24th Chapter, where Jane has awoken on the morning after Mr Rochester's proposal in the orchard. Throughout this passage Jane contemplates the idea of marriage and expresses her worries and fears with the perplexed Mr Rochester. After this Jane realises that her love for him conquers all her potentially hindering feelings for the future. Charlotte Bronte presents this passage as a way for the reader to really empathise with Jane's position. We seem to travel the same emotional rollercoaster, understanding Jane's feelings of fear and apprehension for the future, but also this passionate love for Mr Rochester. At the beginning of the passage it is clear that the feelings of the previous night are being reverberated. Jane experiences a feeling of full and complete happiness on her awakening, she describes this as her 'jubilee'. She runs out in to the 'brilliant June morning' giving money to the poor, and admiring the singing of the birds. ...read more.

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Later on, Jane tries to persuade Mr Rochester to take Adele with them on their journey. At first Mr Rochester says no and Jane thinks to herself 'I was about mechanically to obey him, without further remonstrance'. Jane fears marriage because of the real threat of losing all control over her life. The second passage I am looking at is in the 25th chapter, on the evening prior to the wedding. We learn that 'Mr Rochester that night was absent from home, nor has he yet returned'. Jane now begins to wander the grounds, and eventually it gets so late that Jane runs out in the rain to look for him, on waiting for what seemed a long time to Jane, Mr Rochester appears on his horse and they share yet another passionate meeting. There seem to be a lot of aspects of this passage that are typical of the romance genre, and also many relations to the previous passage that I looked at. This passage is full of passion and emotion that Jane experiences on the absence of Mr Rochester. ...read more.

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It is not typical of the genre for the woman to have control over her husband, however Bronte is using Jane to show a resistance to these regular compliances of love relationships in the 19th century. The two passages I have written about relate to each other with great importance. The first passage is where Jane expresses her fears for the future. She has observed the typical journey of a marriage and realises she really does not want to fall into this trap. She describes the way she does not want to end up in a relationship where she has absolutely no power, and she has to revolve around a bitter and hard master. However in the second passage, Jane finds herself 'obeying' her husband-to-be. This is because Jane's passion is regenerated though an absence of Mr Rochester, blinding herself to the worries that she previously had. In both passages, Jane experiences a short period of time of heightened emotion. The first, a euphoric state of happiness, generated through her passion and love for Mr Rochester after his proposal, and the second a heightened state of worry for the wellbeing of Mr Rochester during his absence. Bronte uses these emotions of love to show how they can cloud people's once rational thoughts, and can potentially be dangerous. Sam Cocksworth ...read more.

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