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Jane Eyre

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Analyse the ways in which Bronte presents the "wedding" of Jane and Rochester and the discovery of Bertha in Chapter twenty-six Written in 1847, Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' takes the reader through a life journey of the main character, Jane Eyre. From a strong-minded, mistreated girl to an accomplished young woman, this novel expresses the views and issues during the Victorian Era. In this Coursework, I'll concentrate on Chapter twenty-six on the ways Bronte presents the wedding and Bertha Mason. Throughout Chapter twenty-six, Charlotte Bronte uses a wide range of various techniques and devices to present Jane and Rochester's "wedding" as an unconventional Christian wedding. She also creates clues and hints of bad omens and pathetic fallacy for the audience to recognise the symptoms of false wedding. Bronte also exercises the character of Bertha to symbolise a number of views and ideologies to present for the Victorian audience, knowing this would have an immediate impact on them. Before we can analyse the above points, we must understand why Jane acts in the way she does. Right at the beginning of the novel, Bronte uses pathetic fallacy to illustrate to us that Jane is not the normal Victorian child, "...the cold winter wind...clouds so sombre...a rain so penetrating...". The author uses the weather to mirror Jane's "saddened heart", suggesting to the audience that this character may be under some pressure or emotionally, physically weak. ...read more.

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Pathetic Fallacy is also used to show the suffering to come. '.. A livid vivid spark leapt out of a cloud...rain rushed down....' Pathetic Fallacy is used here to show the huge difference between Rochester and Jane's happiness and the stormy weather. It can also serve to remind us of the 'penetrating rain' weather at the opening of the novel and how a bad event closely followed - 10-year-old Jane's fight with Master John Reed leading to her spending the night at her beloved Uncle's deathbed in the 'Red Room'. This gives the audience some tense suspicions to reflect upon as we draw nearer and nearer to the 'wedding'. This could also tell us that God may be angered by Rochester's marriage proposal to Jane. Knowing that the majority of Victorians are Roman Catholics, and are fully aware of the religion and that Bigamy is a major sin, alerts the reader as to why God would be angry at them or if they have done something wrong? This creates suspicion and a negative outlook on Rochester and possibly Jane. Another factor to the failure of this wedding is the small number of guests at the church when Jane finally arrives, at the heel of the impatient Mr. Rochester. It may be because of this, Jane can easily see the "two shadows" that "had slipped in before". ...read more.

Conclusion

In the paragraph, 'Jane Eyre who had been an ardent, expectant woman......' near to the end of Chapter 26, the author uses the contrast between negative and positive comparisons to suggest that Bertha who is symbolizing the 'bad' aspect, has completely 'struck' Jane's happiness 'with a subtle doom'. Adjectives are also used to give us an idea of how badly her happiness was eliminated. This forces Rochester to become the cause of the failed ceremony. '...drifts crushed the blooming roses....' This quote, like many others in the said paragraph, shows that as her joy began to 'bloom', Rochester, together with Bertha, 'crushed' her contentment, which is primarily the reason why Jane decides to leave Thornfield Hall. Finally, perhaps the main cause of this 'wedding', the Creole wife of Rochester, Bertha Mason. Sickness inherited from her mother, Bertha was taken away from her sunny Caribbean home to dull, grey, cold England, force to marry Rochester because of his connections to her family. Bronte's use of animal imagery and Goth-like verbs contributes to the preconceptions the reader has of Bertha, before we even see her. Before her discovery, we take notice of 'demonic laugh-low' and 'goblin laughter.' It is describe to 'twain by a savage, sharp, a shrilly sound that ran from end to end of Thornfield Hall.' These quotes suggest that there may a monster, demon of some sort hidden with the shadows of the Hall.' the curious laugh, distinct, formal, mirthless.' Rule of Three is used here to further emphasise the horrors concealed within Thornfield Hall. ...read more.

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