Bertha Mason, a Product of Her Environment

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Who is bertha Mason? Bertha’s family history does not exactly help her, a history of madness runs in her family, it was revealed that her mother suffered from manic fits periodically. Is she simply the mad woman in the attic, or is she a battered wife? Could she simply be a product of her nature? It is apparent that Rochester and her never saw eye to eye and that they had never gotten a chance to know each other before they had gotten married. So essentially they were screwed by their families. In the sense that Rochester’s family pushed him into a marriage just for the money. Also, the fact that Bertha’s family went along with this so called arranged marriage. They were young, and they never thought to slow down and think. As a result, bertha spent most of her life locked in an old attic with Grace Poole, the demonic alcoholic. The ideal of “the mad woman in the attic” has become famous in literary works inspiring many feminist authors. In the book “The Madwoman in The Attic”, bertha’s situation is believed to have supplied the situation and title for this novel by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar. Essentially the story is based on the idea that a talented and powerful woman is viewed as crazy/insane by the world. Stories like that novelize the idea of the 19th century female writer who threatened the dominant male writers (Boumelha, 1982). Bertha is an enormously powerful character. She makes people tremble at the mere thought of her? Much like Bertha, Charlotte Brontë was rejected by the man whom she perceived as her lover, her professor and tutor Constantin Heger. Bertha seems to represent an alter ego to Charlotte Brontë. Although he never locked her away in an attic with an alcoholic who often passes out from drunkenness, their love never happened, and she married her husband Arthur Bell Nicholls. Charlotte Brontë was madly infatuated with her professor
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