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Mr Rochester and Jane are equals, if not in social status, certainly in intellect, spirit and temperament. How far do you agree that Jane and Mr Rochester are suited for one another, with one close reference to the text? Jane Eyre.

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Mr Rochester and Jane are equals, if not in social status, certainly in intellect, spirit and temperament. How far do you agree that Jane and Mr Rochester are suited for one another, with one close reference to the text? I agree that Jane and Mr Rochester are suited to one another, not in most of the novel, but at the end when they become of equal social status. At the time the novel was written, the difference in social status between Jane and Mr Rochester would have meant that they were not suited to one another and people at that time would not have accepted their relationship. Jane is considered to have a lower social status than Mr Rochester because she is only a governess that works for him and is supported by him. Mr Rochester is clearly of a higher social status because he had lots of money and land. This shows that they were at opposite ends of the social ladder, which means therefore that any relationship that they had with each other wouldn't be accepted by the Victorian society. Charlotte Bront� is telling us that their relationship wouldn't have been accepted and that it never would be as long as the social status between them differed. It is a message to the reader that no matter how much Jane loves him, she knows it won't work which is probably why later on in the novel she feels very uncomfortable with her trying to be of equal status. ...read more.

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Mr Rochester shows his power over Jane again when he tells her to 'go up home and stay your weary little wandering feet at a friend's threshold.' He is telling her to do it which would seem normal and acceptable to Jane and the Victorian audience because he is her employer. He belittles her when he says 'weary little wandering feet.' He seems to be patronising. In the section where Mr Rochester proposes to Jane, there is a change in power between Jane and Mr Rochester as near the end, it is Jane that has the power. At the beginning of this section, Mr Rochester's social status is shown again when he says 'I shall myself look out for employment and asylum for you' because he is saying that he will do it for her as she is incapable. He also refers to Jane as a 'dependant' which she is but he deliberately says this to emphasise this fact. Although, he does think she is intelligent because he says 'a girl of your sense will not object the voyage or the distance.' It is in this section that Jane totally acknowledges the difference in social status between her and Mr Rochester. She does this by saying 'wealth, estate, custom intervened between me and what I naturally and inevitably loved.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane tries to give Mr Rochester back some of his superiority because he is physically inferior to her because he feels that he can't marry her as he isn't worthy of her. Jane also tries to elevate his self-esteem by saying that she wants to be with him and help him. She says she will do anything for him. Over time Jane works on Mr Rochester's self-esteem and their trust and friendship with one another by telling each other what happened while they were apart. This builds up to their marriage which would be acceptable because they are of equal social status and Bertha died in the fire so they are free to marry. We are told this by Jane with the quote 'Reader, I married him!' Through most of the novel Jane is of a lower social status than Mr Rochester which is illustrated by Jane's job as a governess for Mr Rochester who has much money. Jane seems to want it to be this way until she comes into money of her own which elevated her to a higher level of social class and Mr Rochester is physically lowered in status due to blindness. This makes them of equal status and therefore a suited couple. Their intellect, spirit and temperament have always been alike throughout the novel and it was simply a matter of the social status and Mr Rochester's marital status that kept them apart. ...read more.

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