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How does Bront present the feelings between Jane and Mr. Rochester in the chapters in which the guests visit Thornfield and how does this affect the way the reader perceives events later in the book?

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How does Bront� present the feelings between Jane and Mr. Rochester in the chapters in which the guests visit Thornfield and how does this affect the way the reader perceives events later in the book? One of the main focuses in "Jane Eyre" is the subtle development of the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester, and the main chapters in which we witness this are the ones in which the guests visit Thornfield Hall. To draw attention to the budding romance between the couple, the writer has to employ a variety of techniques including subtle imagery to begin with and moving onto giving more clues through the conversation between the two of them. She also uses less obvious techniques such as how the guests react to the two different characters and how Bront� uses the character of Jane to record the happenings through her first person narrative. One of the ways in which the writer shows us the feelings between the characters is by employing a variety of metaphors and descriptive phrases to bring across imagery associated with love and care even though it must be suppressed around the company they hold. An example of a time that this happens is when Jane's narrative describes the feeling that she gets when she goes to join Mr. Rochester in the room with the guests. She says that she has "a precious, yet poignant pleasure, pure gold, with a steely point of agony" which uses a variety of different images to combine into a very strong picture in the reader's mind as to the very joy of seeing him again combined with the battle she has inside to stop it showing. ...read more.

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However, others could interpret it as just a slip of the tongue at the time and think nothing of it, to be surprised by the revelation later on. I think this is a good way to end the chapter as it is suspenseful and really conveys the feelings which are beginning to emerge in this period of the book. I also think the fact that it says that he left 'abruptly' is a good hint as to his feelings as it shows us that he knows that he has almost made a mistake in conveying his incorrect love of someone of a lower status and he cannot think what to say to reconcile the situation. I think this makes the readers see him in a different light, because before he had never really let any emotion show and this scene shows him losing his mask just a little as he cannot hide his feelings any longer. The writer also uses these chapters to show that, although a relationship is developing between the two main characters, this is frowned upon among the company that is being kept. This is obviously in context with how life would have been for Charlotte Bront� when she was writing the book and may well draw attitudes from the time when she was a governess in a house very similar to Thornfield. Like many other governesses of the time it was probably very hard for her to have and social acquaintances as she was of lower class than the family so could not properly socialize with them, but was of a ...read more.

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This evokes a response of tenseness in the reader who is automatically willing them to realize each others emotions and keeps them reading on, wanting to know whether either of them will reveal anything. This is a clever way of presenting the relationship as not only is it more realistic but it also makes it far more interesting to read when there are barriers in the way of the final task being achieved. This is mirrored in the ending where, despite the many barriers facing Jane and Mr. Rochester, they end up together and have a far superior life than they could have possibly imagined to start with. Overall I think that these chapters are definitely the ones in which we most clearly see the developing romance between Jane and Rochester and really get to see some of their emotions more deeply. They are also a very good chance for us to be prepared for the future troubles by fitting in imagery of pain and the information about how governesses were viewed by others in those days. Bront� uses these chapters very well and through them we are always in suspense as the whether or not the characters will realize each others emotions or whether they will go on being as miserable as they were before and never find out. Even though inside you know that there will probably be a happy ending, the way that this is written still makes you worried for the protagonist and empathizes with her in the situations that she comes across, meaning that you will read on just to make sure that it all turns out the way you want. ...read more.

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