Jane and Rochester Relationship

Topics: Jane Eyre, Love, Marriage Pages: 5 (2198 words) Published: November 28, 2011
We first encounter this relationship between Jane and Rochester during their first dramatic meeting. She encounters him when he falls off his horse and she is required to give him assistance. Jane’s first impression of his face is that ‘He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow’. This may portray the dimness in his face awaiting to be enlightened by a woman which, in this case Jane. Further on in this chapter, unaware of who he is, on her return home, Jane is amazed to discover that the gentleman she assisted in the road was her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester. Jane’s future relationship with Rochester is most clearly set out in their first meeting. Although without any money, reserved and socially dependent, Jane is not afraid of this rather stern-looking man and approaches him confidently to offer her help. Rochester is given physical assistance and support, which is a target for the relationship that they may hold. In spite of her noticeable poor standard, Jane maintains the strength and power in relation to Rochester, the refusal to be dominated, which shows that she will always be the most dominating participant in this relationship.  Jane and Rochester’s relationship develops from a small relationship such as employer and employee to a large and committed relationship such as love and eventually marriage. Although the reader only comes to acknowledgement of Jane’s love in Chapter 17 after Jane meets Rochester’s supposedly bride-to be, Miss Blanche Ingram. As readers recall, during their first meeting, Jane gave a vague and brief description of Rochester however, after a while of becoming acquainted with Rochester and falling in love with the unique man she had now met, Jane explains his appearance to be ‘colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth - all energy, decision, will - were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me.’ This shows that the way Jane’s sees Rochester’s physical structure has developed during the development of their relationship as she sees him more attractive than their first meeting in which their relationship were strangers. As well as the development of Jane and Rochester’s relationship, the way their relationship grows is also an impact on the reader. As we know in the first few chapters, their relationship from employer and employee becomes a trustworthy friendship and after a few chapters after the entrance of Miss Blanche Ingram, we come to acknowledgement of Jane’s secretive love for Rochester. The readers are not told Rochester’s feelings for Jane since he never confesses until after the return of Jane from her visit to her aunt. Here Rochester proposes and this may astonish the reader due to the fact that a friendship/love became a marriage proposal without even the slightest confession of their feelings.  Jane and Rochester may feel that they can relate and understand each other’s situations as their own; on the other hand, one major situation that shows a real difference in their relationship is their social and financial situations. In the case of Jane's social and financial position, Bronte portrays her as an penniless yet moderately educated orphan from a good family. Although Jane is educated, well-mannered, and relatively sophisticated, she is still a governess, a paid servant of low social status, and therefore powerless. However, Jane does not allow her social status to overthrow her in the way she socialises with others, for instance when Rochester asks Jane question, she continues to answer them despite her status; Jane is independent and strong-willed in comparison to her status. In the contrast with this, Edward Rochester’s status is the complete opposite; Rochester is higher in wealth and status in comparison to Jane. Rochester has more money than Jane and is more respected socially due to family inheritance of wealth and the fact that Rochester is a man...
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