Jane Eyre Essay

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he is the dark and mysterious, yet alluring, owner of Thornfield Hall and the object of the protagonist’s love. Although he is described as a dark, brooding and fairly immoral character, he is still presented as the hero of the story and the reader is supposed to hope for him and Jane to end up together. In Jane Eyre, this introduction is dramatic, exciting and most of all romantic. Mr. Rochester is riding on a large horse that suddenly trips on some slippery ice and he falls down, hurting his leg and needing Jane’s help in order to get back up on his horse. The first words he utters are “What the deuce is to do now?” (114), which is as close to swearing as one gets in the book, and he then refuses Jane’s help. He assures her it is “only a sprain” (115), and it is obvious that he does not consider himself seriously injured, at least not injured enough to need the help of a woman. When he does realize that he needs help, the image of the strong, manly man needing help from the small, weak woman gives him a sense of vulnerability, counteracting his tough exterior. mysterious and proud, although not proud enough to refrain from asking for help when he needs it. If the reader first reads Jane Eyre, then the idea of Mr. Rochester as a hero will probably seem as the ‘right’ portrayal of him. He is big, strong, mysterious and willing to lie in order to marry Jane. The reader might pity him for his unfortunate first marriage to the mad Bertha Mason, and does not question his decision too much to keep her locked up in the attic. since his family decieved him and pushed him into marriage with bertha, and because he's caring for a child who is probably not his own because he loved a woman who cheated on him and was only using him for his money, he's kind of tragic. he seems fairly miserable for most of the novel. jane is the only person

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