Jane proposes to Rochester “if ever I did a good deed in my life—if ever I thought a good thought—if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer—if ever I wished a righteous wish,— I am rewarded now. To be your wife is, for me, to be as happy as I can be on earth” (ADD PAGE NUMBER). Jane sees Rochester as a gift for her achievements in life and a necessary advancement towards happiness. She
Rochester was a major influence on Jane as this was a critical time she was maturing, yet she did not let him get in the way of her work. The work that was expected of her what always her top priority, Rochester was her second. “I believe he is of mine;—I am sure he is,—I feel akin to him,—I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him” (Bronte 266). The relationship between Rochester and Jane was undeniable. Love and trust was not always something that came easy to Jane, but it was something real between the both of them she could not ignore.
Furthermore, Mr. Rochester’s passion draws insecurity for thinking about the mad woman he keeps hidden away, yet Brontё implies Jane being the shining light to a new passion. Jane provides Mr. Rochester with the security of a well balanced future as his passion conflicts “the oath shall be kept” (Brontё 296). Nevertheless, Brontё illustrates how Mr. Rochester’s passion transfers from the embarrassment of Bertha to the proclamation of devotion to Jane. The passion for Bertha differentiates that for Jane, as Mr. Rochester hides Bertha from the public, but he flaunts his infatuation with Jane. Renewal of Mr. Rochester’s passion extracts from Brontё metaphorically “depicts Jane throwing the waters of baptism-- spiritual rebirth-- upon Rochester” (Lamonaca 4).
What helps her overcome challenges? What keeps her from what she wants from life? After the many deaths in her life, the harassment and oppression, and the homelessness, Jane Eyre grasps her ambitions and becomes a wonderful individual. She marries the one person she truly loves and at the conclusion of the book, expresses that she has been joyfully married for ten years and that she and Rochester live an equal life together, very
John was sacrificing passion for principal, while Rochester abandoned principle for consuming passion. This is one of the biggest differences in between the two characters, which is why Jane chose Rochester over John. At one point, Jane is describing both of their eyes, stating that Rochesters was, “under such steadfast brows, ever revealed such flaming and flashing eyes” (Ch.26). His eyes were full of fire, burning bright, full of passion, while St. Johns were rock, ice, and snow. Because of that warmth that radiated from Rochester's eyes, because of the emotion that flowed from them, Jane chose him.
Instead of declaring her position in front of him, Jane becomes submissive and unconfident; however, her affections towards Mr. Rochester increase through their interactions, yet, she is hesitant to disclose her true feelings due to her own sense of insecurity. Realizing the attachment Mr. Rochester has toward her, Jane invests her trust and decides to marry him. However, upon recognizing the existence of his insane wife, she discovers herself
The passage above reveals part of Jane and Mr. Rochester’s argument, where Rochester attempts to convince Jane to stay in Thornfield and become his wife; however, Jane feels it is necessary to leave since Rochester is still married and does not want to be treated as an inferior to Rochester. Brontë expresses that women and men are inherently equal through Jane’s statement with a critical tone and rhetorical questions; this theme further echoed throughout the novel. At this point in the novel, Jane was reluctant to leave Rochester, but was upset and felt it was inappropriate to marry a married man, no matter what state Rochester’s wife was in. Thus, throughout the excerpt Jane is critical and condemning how Rochester views her. She is not an emotionless being who wants to leave him, instead she feels obliged to do so because she does not want to become a mistress.
While conversing with Mr. Rochester, Jane declares “[his] claim to superiority depends on the use [he has] made of [his] time and experience” (157). Affirming that status is irrelevant, Jane is able to convince Mr. Rochester of her wisdom, in spite of her poor background. Moreover, her subtle tone suggests a challenge to Mr. Rochester and his past - was he truly superior to Jane? Many characters in the book tend to judge first on the class as Jane does, yet after getting to know Jane, they change their perspective from plain and poor to more respected. Yet, while social class, age, and experience divide Jane and Mr. Rochester, their relationship makes Jane waver in her ideals.
What exactly is the Victorian Period? First off, the “Victorian Period” was a time in which Great Britain, also known as “England”, was the most powerful and wealthiest nations in the world during its time in 1837. Second off, it is called “Victorian” due to the fact that queen Alexandrina Victoria served as queen for Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years (2nd longest British Monarch), beginning in 1837 by reason of King William IV death. Under the reign of Queen Victoria, Great Britain experienced a sudden expansion in the industry, building railways, bridges, sewers (London underground), and providing power throughout the city. Furthermore, there were advances in science and technology, diverse amounts of inventions, and wealth in the middle