Jane Eyre Doppelganger Analysis

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The novel Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, has been recognized on many different levels for the literary feats it reaches and the ways that it challenged the ideals of its time. One of the most recognizable methods used by Bronte in the novel would be her use of “doppelgangers” to show the connections between characters. A doppelganger is someone who is connected to someone else but may serve as a complete opposite to this person, especially in a literary work. Charlotte Bronte uses many examples of doppelgangers in Jane Eyre, one of which would be the character ties between Bertha Mason and the main character, Jane Eyre. Bertha Mason is the legally deranged first wife of Edward Rochester, whom he keeps locked in the attic of …show more content…
John and Rochester as characters. Rochester and St. John have some similarities, like the fact that both were higher in society than Jane was and were both well-educated men. Both men also desired Jane’s hand in marriage, but they also share the fact that Jane had denied their proposals in common. A major difference between St. John and Rochester is the fact the St. John wanted to marry Jane “for labor, not love.” While Rochester actually had feelings of affection for Jane, as proved when he asked her to run away with him after their failed wedding ceremony, which was spoiled by Richard Mason’s revelation of his sister’s existence. St. John did not seem to show much of anything except for his pride and his authority to others, including his own family members. Rochester, on the other hand, is not the symbol of sympathy but he seems to express it more than St. John, this is reflected in the fact that he took in Adéle and cared for her when her mother abandoned her although she was not his child. St. John represents the stereotypical male during this time period that believed himself to be superior to others around him, authoritative over his household and family, and expected Jane’s full compliance to his marriage proposal. Rochester exhibits some traits that were rare during this time of the typical Victorian man such as his substantial effort to find out Jane’s true feelings for

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