Character Analysis Of Bronte's Jane Eyre

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One literary device is used throughout almost all genres to portray deeper character traits: reflections. In Jane Eyre, this is clearly depicted through two important characters. By reading into the glimpses of similar word usage and looking at the characters’ internal actions, it can be determined that Bertha is a reflection of Edward Rochester. Her traits and actions in the text correlate to the dark side of Rochester’s personality. Knowing this, one can truly understand the overall meaning of the characters’ actions throughout the text. Edward Rochester is a highly controversial person in Jane Eyre. Some agree that he is a psychotic enemy of Jane, and should be interpreted as the symbol for evilness. Mary Ellen says, “after 15 years of keeping secret his marriage to a murderous lunatic, he (Rochester) could easily "plunge headlong into wild license.” At one point in the text, the garden scene, Brontë is clearly trying to portray Rochester as a satanic character, shown on page 253 when Jane expresses fear of being with him saying, “I did not like to walk at this hour with Mr. Rochester in the shadowy orchard; but I could not find a reason to allege for leaving him.” Although Rochester may be interrupted as pure evil, it is shown throughout the book that he contains a double personality through his other opposing actions. Based on his redeeming qualities, others have pity on the patriarchal character. Rochester has an exceptionally dark past, which greatly influences
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