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Jane Eyre

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Introduction

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte: The Relationship of Jane and Rochester 'Jane Eyre' is one of the most famous and well-read romantic novels in English literature. The novel has been translated into a number of different languages and adapted many times for dramatized productions. 'Jane Eyre' focuses on several kinds of love: the love of sisterly relationships (Jane's love for Helen Burns and other civilians at Lowood, for Miss Temple, and for the Rivers family), compassionate love (Jane's love for Miss Temple, and others who are downtrodden), and the type of love associated with family (Jane's love for Diane, Mary, and St. John Rivers and those of ancestry relationship). However, the love of romantic relationships between the two main characters, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester, is the central theme of the novel. Charlotte Bronte 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 characters, misunderstandings, sudden separations, warm reunions, shared dangers, jealousy and helping or consoling the other character. We first encounter this relationship between Jane and Rochester during their first dramatic meeting. She encounters him when he falls off his horse and she is required to give him assistance. Jane's first impression of his face is that 'He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow'. ...read more.

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One example of this would be when Jane requests a leave from work to visit her ailing aunt and Rochester imposes that she takes the money he provides on her travels emphasizing on her low amount of money; 'Well, you must have some money; you can't travel without money, and I daresay you have not much.' This portrays Jane's financial status and Rochester's awareness of it. Another case in point would be when Rochester proposes to Jane and tries to shower Jane with luxurious clothes and jewellery on the other hand Jane feels that their relationship should not be transformed into a social and financial match by such trappings and eventually Jane manages to successfully steer him away from this particular behavior. Rochester's behavior in this part of the novel portrays that he is aware of Jane's status and wishes to neutralize their relationship which Jane feels will weaken their relationship as they may argue which of them is higher in currency in future relations. During the novel, the reader acknowledges many times after Jane's acquaintance with Rochester, the love and passion she holds for him and how it increases day by day. After Rochester expresses his love and proposes to Jane, Bronte uses setting to portray upcoming disasters in their relationship. The sudden break in the weather results in a storm, which creates 'the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning in the night, and half of it split away.' This is a clear omen, signifying that this approaching union is not right. ...read more.

Conclusion

Similar to the first wedding arrangements, Rochester tries to create a brighter Jane with glistening clothes and jewellery but Jane refuses and Rochester takes no notice due to the delight and excitement of marrying the woman of his dreams. At the end of the novel, we acknowledge that Rochester has 'recovered the sight of that one eye.' This portrays that Rochester has paid for his past sins, so the partial regaining of his sight shows a sort of forgiveness. Although, Jane and Rochester's relationship is of a storyline which is commonly used there is a sense of the unique way in which their love and passion for each other has grown. In a normal relationship, it would take time for the lovers to fall in love and appreciate each other, however in this particular case from the Victorian era, Jane and Rochester's love has grown from employer and employee to a married couple in just a few years. Also, despite all the obstacles that they had to overcome, Jane and Rochester still managed to follow their heart's content and get married. Although neither Jane nor Rochester are interested in looks they are brought together by their personality in which they appreciate finding someone they can freely talk to without any interruptions of their status. In conclusion, Jane and Rochester's relationship develops to a large extent in a small amount of time and although their love may not be shown at the beginning, their love for each other is what brought them together at the end of the novel. ...read more.

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