• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Jane Eyre Cwk

Extracts from this document...


In the Victorian period, most women were aiming to get married to a man of the same or better social status, be loving and serving wives and be a mother to her husband's children. Marriage was not necessarily based on love. It was usually based on financial and social benefits. Women did not have many rights and privileges and always needed a man to determine their social position. For example, Blanche Ingram thought that she was going to marry Mr. Rochester for his wealth and social position; his wealth could give her the ability to live a life of luxury. Mr. Rochester's interest in Blanche was originally based as a trick to make Jane feel envious, but because of Blanche's beauty and the idea that her social power could benefit him, Jane believed it. These marriages did not last long periods because some men became bored of their women and in turn, women realised that their husbands were not as wealthy as they were before. These relationships were also usually quite dull and lifeless. Jane and Rochester's relationship however, was different. They loved and cared for each other, although there was a massive contrast in class. These marriages were most likely to last lifetimes because of the love and excitement gluing the relationship together. Georgiana and Lord Edwin Vere loved each other and wished to get married, "...But his relations were against the match;" says Bronte. ...read more.


However Jane has other ideas; from her perspective, this is the exact opposite of what she wants. It is almost as if Rochester is trying to change Jane to be of a higher class like him. Bronte shows this when Rochester calls Jane "Janet" as a symbol that he is trying to change her. Bronte again shows great symbolism when Rochester proposes to Jane. At the start of the chapter, Bronte sets the scene with: "A splendid Midsummer shone over England: skies so pure, suns so radiant as were then seen in long succession." Then as the chapter brings to a close, and Rochester and Jane have confessed their love, a storm breaks out. Herr, Bronte shows us what the future has in store for Rochester and Jane, indicating that their decision to wed was unwise. In the same chapter, Bronte uses further symbolism. After the emergence of the storm, a bolt of lightening splits the tree at which Jane and Rochester were sitting earlier that evening. That tree symbolises Jane and Rochester's relationship. They have a strong base of love, but as you get further up the tree, they are going in two different directions and dissimilarity in class is pulling them apart. Before the tree had been split Rochester said "...here is the chestnut tree: here is the bench at its old roots. ...read more.


Bronte displays that after you find true love, like Jane found Rochester, it is difficult to see yourself with anyone else. In the Victorian era, marriage was extremely important for beneficial reasons. People married for social benefits and for wealth. Men looked for women who had what they didn't have, for example a wealthy man looked for a woman with a high social position. Marriage for love was very scarce because it was not easy to make money if you didn't have much at the start, so people looked to marry someone wealthy who would make life easier for them. Once you had money, you had power and your social status would also begin to rise. Instead of waiting to emerge as a socially powerful person, people married people who were already socially powerful in order to gain their power. In poorer families, more marriages are for love because of you cannot live wealthy lives you might as well live a happy one. I think what Bronte was trying to say about marriage that was very different depending on what every person wants. She shows this to us by giving different examples of love and marriages like Jane and Rochester and Blanche and Rochester. English Coursework: Jane Eyre Finding a suitable marriage partner is very important for many of the characters in Jane Eyre. What do we learn about marriage during the Victorian period from the novel? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Charlotte Bronte is a prime example of a woman who had already triumphantly demonstrated ...

    Similarly in 1824, Charlotte's two eldest sisters were sent off to a boarding school for the 'daughter's of clergymen', called Cowan Bridge School, in the northwest of Yorkshire. They both died of tuberculosis, probably because, like Lowood, the school was not a good one.

  2. Compare and Contrast the Characters of Rochester and St. John Rivers

    a major change and we see him in a penitent mood at the end of the chapter. His "stiff-necked rebellion" has been humbled and subdued. His arrogance has given way to humility. His pride in his strength has been softened.

  1. Analyse and evaluate Bronte's presentation of Rochester and St John Rivers

    Throughout the book we get references of cold for example "'no' he said coolly", which represents St John which contradicts the first opinion we had of him as being a warm welcoming man. When Jane meets St John she is presented as a weak woman with a low class who is very vulnerable and she relies on St John.

  2. St. John Rivers and Edward Rochester contrasted

    In the creation of the characters of Mr. Rochester and St. John, Charlotte Bronte uses a dark and light comparison to show that a person's appearance does not always match their character. When looking at St. John's appearance, you see the ideal, fair-complexioned man.

  1. Analyse the ways in which Bronte presents the "wedding" of Jane and Rochester and ...

    Bronte uses the word "no" three times for the reader to remember the fact that they are going against tradition and makes everything seem even more daunting. Also, the "no" being said three times emphasises how everything is unconventional and to foreshadow that there will be no wedding either.

  2. The beauty of American Beauty.

    Fitts and his son Ricky. Two other marital relationships that we get a glimpse of are that of Buddy Kane, the real estate king and Christy, his angry and distant wife; and the Burnham's neighbors, the homosexual couple Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work