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Who is responsible for the obstructionOf Jane and Rochester’s marriage?

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Samantha White May 2002 Who is responsible for the obstruction Of Jane and Rochester's marriage? In this essay I am going to find out who is responsible for the obstruction of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester's marriage. My main candidates for the obstruction are: Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre, Bertha Mason (Rochester's wife), Richard Mason (Bertha's brother) and St. John Rivers. I am going to look at each person's involvement in the case, and then come to a conclusion at the end... To start with I am going to focus on Edward Fairfax Rochester. Rochester could be blamed for the obstruction mainly due to the fact that he is married to another women (Bertha). Throughout the novel up until his and Jane's wedding, Rochester kept the fact that he had a wife a secret. On the day of his wedding when Mason came into the church and announced Rochester already had a wife, Rochester then felt he had to reveal his wife's identity. This is shown in the following quote... 'Mr. Rochester then turned to the spectators: he looked at them with a smile both acrid and desolate. 'That is my wife,' said he.' This quote is the part in the novel where Rochester reveals Bertha to Jane. ...read more.


Jane couldn't see Rochester's dishonesty showing yet again, that she was completely blinded by love, even to the extent that she never even thought he could have been living a lie to her, the whole time they knew each other. Another obstruction of the marriage is St. John Rivers. He is an obstruction as he is the person who saves Jane from dying when she runs away, and then later on asks Jane to marry him. Although Jane turns down the offer, it is still an obstruction; by she is not with Rochester at the time, and St. John delays her from going to find him again. Jane turns down the offer of marrying St. John because she truly doesn't love him, and feels that love is the basis of the marriage she wants. She shows this by saying... "But my powers-where are they for undertaking? I do not feel them. Nothing speaks or stirs in me while you talk. I am sensible of no light kindling-no life quickening-no voice counselling. Or cheering. Oh, I wish I could make you see how much my mind is at this moment like a ray less dungeon, with one shrinking fear fettered in its depths-the fear of being persuaded by you to attempt what I cannot accomplish' This quote clearly shows that Jane does not accept St. ...read more.


Rochester was the one that wanted to get rid of her completely, and get married again, and it wasn't anything to do with Bertha. Rochester was the obstruction as he kept the marriage to Bertha a secret, and even though he knew it was morally wrong he still wanted to get married again. He was also the person that knew about everything that was going on, and still wanted to continue with the wedding. Jane was an obstruction because she ran away, and left Rochester, which means they couldn't get married or continue to be together. Even though they wouldn't have been able to get married, they could still have waited. Even though in the end they end up getting married, she is also an obstruction for them being together in a part of the novel. Lastly I feel that Richard Mason was to blame, as he was the one that announced in the church about Bertha, and brought it all out into the open. Even though this is a major reason for the obstruction Richard was only doing what was morally right. So in conclusion I feel that all these people are to blame somehow for the obstruction of the marriage between Jane and Rochester, but they are all to blame for different reasons. ...read more.

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