Character Analysis Of Rochester In Jane Eyre

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Character Analysis: Edward Fairfax Rochester There are many characters in the novel Jane Eyre who all serve a common purpose. It is to impose numerous conflicts on Jane and to see how she reacts. The most important character for achieving this purpose is Edward Fairfax Rochester, because his actions in Jane Eyre must be kept in mind when understanding Jane’s decisions. One of Rochester’s major contribution to the novel is his admirable transformation from being selfish and idealistic to mature and accepting.
When Rochester originally plans to marry Jane, he is selfish and idealistic. His plans to use Jane for his own purposes is blinded by the idea that he loves her. When they are married, Rochester hopes to travel with Jane to all the places
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He grieves when Jane leaves Thornfield. However, it proves to be beneficial. Only when Jane leaves does Rochester realize how much she meant to him. Instead of seeing her as a mythical being coming to save him from his faults, he now sees her as a person and “[longs] for [her] both with soul and flesh” (Brontë 515). When she returns, he no longer sees her as a mythical being coming to save him. It is interesting how he is now blind and yet he finally “sees” her as she truly is. Rochester also no longer cares about extravagance and when they plan to marry at the end, he even says “never mind fine clothes and jewels, now: all that is not worth a fillip” (Brontë 514). This proves that he has finally matured, because now he cares about what Jane instead of focusing on what he is going to gain from the marriage. Rochester also becomes more religious as a result of Jane leaving. At the end of the novel, he tells Jane “[his] heart swells with gratitude to the beneficent God of this earth” (Brontë 514). Rochester believes that since God forgave him of his past faults, he can now find peace within himself and within Jane. This is important, because it indicates that he has fully matured and he is truly prepared to marry Jane. Rochester’s ability of finally accepting of what Jane is actually like is important to the romantic and happy ending of the …show more content…
I saw the 2011 film adaptation of it a couple years ago, and ever since then, I promised myself that I would read the book too. However, I never got a chance to read it until now. The novel exceeded my expectations. I thought many of the problems presented in it corresponded with a lot of issues seen today, such as the feminist movement and religious hypocrisy. One incident in the story that I found the most interesting was in the beginning when Jane presents her true feelings to her cruel Aunt Reed. Even though she was a young girl, I found the speech very empowering and inspiring, because she goes against what society expects of children and asserts her independence. I almost liked every part of the book, except the section in which she goes to live with St. John Rivers and his sisters. I found it frustrating how he could not just accept that Jane did not want to marry him and how he would not just let her live her own life. Overall, I thought Jane Eyre was amazing, and I now consider it to be one of my favorite

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