Complex Character Jane Eyre PowerPoint. By: Emilia Cavallaro, Matthew Caddell , Braxton Kelly, Mohammad Almatrood , Jacob Breaux Period 7, 11/19/13. Prompt.
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By: Emilia Cavallaro, Matthew Caddell, Braxton Kelly, Mohammad Almatrood, Jacob Breaux
Period 7, 11/19/13
“’I am not married. You shall be Mrs. Rochester… You shall go to a place I have in the south of France: a whitewashed villa on the shores of the Mediterranean. There you shall live a happy, and guarded, and most innocent life. Never fear that I wish to lure you into error—to make you my mistress’” (Bronte 328).
“’Hitherto I have hated to be helped – to be led: henceforth, I feel I shall hate it no more… “I thank my Maker, that, in the midst of judgment, He has remembered mercy. I humbly entreat my Redeemer to give me strength to lead henceforth a purer life than I have done hitherto!’ Then he stretched his hand out to be led” (485-488).
An example pertaining to the deception of Mr. Rochester by his father allowing sympathy from the reader is: “My father and my brother Rowland knew all this; but they thought only of the thirty thousand pounds, and joined in the plot against me”(291) “I was rich enough now- yet poor to hideous indigence: a nature the most gross, impure, depraved I ever saw, was associated with mine, and called by the law and by society a part of me. I could not rid myself of it by any legal proceedings”(291-292).
"'It was all his own courage, and... kindness... he wouldn't leave the house till every one else was out before him. As he came down the great staircase at last, after Mrs. Rochester had flung herself from the battlements, there was a great crash - all fell. He was taken out from under the ruins, alive, but sadly hurt... he is now helpless, indeed - blind, and a cripple'" (Bronte 467).
While Jane is staying at Moor House, Bertha burns Thornfield to the ground. When Rochester becomes aware of this, he does his best to save everybody, including evacuating all of his servants, and trying to save Bertha, who jumps off the top of the house before he can stop her. In trying to save everyone before himself, Rochester loses both his vision and his hand. When Jane hears this news she realizes that Rochester has undergone both a physical and spiritual transformation while she has been away, and she feels deeply sympathetic towards his plight. Jane feels sympathetic because Mr. Rochester’s act of sacrifice in order to save all of his servants, as well as the wife that she believed he hated, shows that he became much more humble and caring during her time at Moor House. Therefore, this moment is significant to the novel because it not only serves to transform Mr. Rochester’s character, it also leads to Jane coming back to marry Mr. Rochester and the resolution of the novel.
Mr. Mason getting attacked by the his sister Bertha Mason, who is also Mr. Rochester’s deranged wife, is significant to the novel because it later leads to the wedding between Jane and Mr. Rochester being called off. Jane does not know that Mrs. Rochester was the culprit behind Mr. Mason’s attack because Mr. Rochester insists on lying to her by omission. Because of his dishonest actions, Mr. Rochester is described as an immoral character. The consequence of this dishonesty is that Jane learns about the deranged Mrs. Rochester on the day that she is supposed to be married to him and feels betrayed. The fact that Mr. Rochester still wants her to stay with him further illustrates his immorality and causes Jane to run away because she is very moral. However, when one considers the full presentation of Mr. Rochester’s character, one sympathizes with his situation because the consequences of marrying Bertha have followed him all his life and he only wants to be happy.
“’You have passed a strange night, Jane… And it has made you look pale – were you afraid when I left you alone with Mason?’ ‘I was afraid of some one coming out of the inner room… Will Grace Poole live here still, sir?’ ‘Oh, yes! Don’t trouble your head about her…Mason will not defy me; nor knowing it will he hurt me – but unintentionally, he might in a moment…deprive me, if not of life, yet for ever of happiness.” (Bronte 231).
“’An insuperable impediment to this marriage exists…Mr. Rochester has a wife now living’… ‘Bertha Mason is mad…you shall see what sort of a being I was cheated into espousing, and judge whether I had a right to…seek sympathy with something at least human” (312, 315).
While Jane is at Thornfield she begins to fall in love with Mr. Rochester. With the thought of Mr. Rochester marrying Blanche Ingram and losing him, Jane expresses her true feelings to Mr. Rochester by telling him that she loves him. Afterwards, he asks her for her hand in marriage. Just before they get married, Jane is told that Mr. Rochester is already married and she falls into a deep depression because she knows she has to call off the wedding and run away from Thornfield even though she loves him. Although Mr. Rochester is evil for locking away his insane wife, he apologizes to Jane, telling her that he never intended to hurt her and that he truly loves her.