Jane Eyre Pride And Marriage Analysis

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Edward Rochester, the later romantic interest of Jane and owner of the Thornfield estate, also has dynamic emotional relationships throughout this Bildungsroman novel. Rochester, a powerful, but unusual man uses his authority to assert his position through his relationship with Bertha and Jane Eyre. Bertha his first wife with whom he has an arranged marriage, primarily revolves around preserving economic stability. Due to unfortunate events, Bertha inherits insanity from her mother and during this time, it is considered inhumane to admit people to insane asylums. As a result, Rochester decides to condemn her by keeping her in locked the attic. This shows that their marriage is ultimately lacking visible love one may witness in a marriage. Though …show more content…
At the beginning of the novel, unlike the other women, Elizabeth takes pride in herself rather than letting another man be the sole determiner. Her shrewdness and intelligence leads to readers understanding that she does not let anyone deter her. She has confidence in herself and her education, unlike anyone else seen in the story. While all of her siblings were out looking for men, she stayed back, understanding her pride and not let those stereotypical thoughts get in the way. She constantly backed up her belief that unless she truly loved a man, she would not get involved with him, even if he was in a higher social class. While at the Netherfield, she is offered a dance with Mr. Darcy, however after disliking his personality, she states, “I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all” (AUSTEN ____) . After she has concluded, once again, that Mr. Darcy is self – centered, she shows the readers, that despite his social and financial status, she is able to stand up to such a powerful man. This shows her self – assertive character and pride in not letting someone like Darcy brainwash her because of who he is. Despite this self – love, Elizabeth Bennet experiences yet another type of …show more content…
In Charlotte Bronte’s epic, Jane Eyre, Jane’s developing love for Rochester evolves after her many childhood years devoid of emotional ties. Paralleling Bronte’s actual life, the reader is navigated through the protagonist’s personal growth from the mistreatment as a child and economic hardships to a woman whom begins to value and actually crave love. While, Oscar Wilde delves into completely different forms of love in his classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He uses a portrait to convey the multi-faceted theme of love. The painting of Dorian Gray becomes the symbol of homosexual love, egotistical love and most impactful, destructive love. Both novels raise the question to the role of love in one’s life. Understanding the power of this emotion makes for varying outcomes in a narrative. The Victorian literature of the eighteenth century highlights the importance of mutual love with the characters ultimately choosing their partners. These requirements hold true in both bourgeois and peasant classes. The underlying idea that a life, regardless of class or gender, lends to the idea that love takes time and effort but ultimately

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