How Does Bronte Present Mr Rochester?

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How does Brönte present Mr Rochester in the novel Jane Eyre?

Mr Rochester is presented as coming from a family that has “always been well respected,” within the community and owned, “almost all the land in the neighbourhood” and so is a very wealthy man, however as we learn not everything in his life is so black and white and there is a lot more to his character than we would perhaps initially suspect. Below I will discuss how Bronte presents Mr Rochester as well as the effects of this.

Mrs Fairfax, whilst discussing the subject of Mr Rochester’s character with the intrigued Jane, provides answers that although are not intriguing in themselves, present an interesting point. She says, “I have no course otherwise to like him; and I believe he is considered…” This puzzles the reader slightly as to why Mrs Fairfax stresses the “I” and why it is that her abrupt answers appear to be hiding something from Jane. This sparks several questions within the readers mind and also suggests that Brönte wants Mr Rochester to appear as a man of mystery.

As Jane is being shown around the house by Mrs Fairfax, Jane appears to take notice and become almost fascinated with the rooms and their decorations, noting that one of the rooms is “dark and low yet interesting.” It is said that the personality of a person is reflected in the décor of their house, and as we learn this, as well as other observations made by Jane on the décor, are particularly accurate and apt descriptions of Mr Rochester’s character.

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Mr Rochester’s first appearance in the novel is when he meets Jane, and in itself the meeting is very unusual. Mr Rochester comes galloping in on a horse, which is quite a dramatic and romantic entrance, however as he nears Jane, the horse falls and so forth does Rochester. So the entrance despite beginning as though Mr Rochester was a knight in shining armour, ends in a complete contrast and so Brönte inverts the course of the man saving the woman from trouble, to the woman saving the man and this seems reflected towards the end of the novel where ...

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