Jane Eyre Analysis

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Mr.Rochester’s Character Development| “Never mind, - wait a minute: Adele is not ready for bed yet. My position, Miss Eyre, with my back to the fire, and my face to the room favors observation. While talking to you I have also watched Adele… She is now with Sophie, undergoing a robing process: in a few minutes now she will reenter; and I know what I shall see- a miniature of Celine Varens… However, my tenderest feelings are about to see whether it will be realized,” (142).| This shows that Mr.Rochester is very observant because he had studied and knew how Adele acted and even how she got ready for bed. This adds more mystery to him, although he is already a very complicated character. It also can show that he is very serious and takes everything literally. | Theme| “For several subsequent days I saw little of Mr.Rochester. In the mornings he seemed much engaged with business…he rode out a great deal; probably to return these visits, as he generally did not come back till late at night. During this interval, even Adele was seldom sent for to his presence, and all my acquaintance with him was confined to an occasional rencontre in the hall… when he would sometimes pass me haughtily and coldly, just acknowledging my presence,” (131-132).| This shows that there is a great deal of social class. Mr.Rochester was obviously the highest class- so high that he even had to summon Adele when he wished to see her. Also he would barely notice Jane, even as she passed right by him. | Romantic Element| “On the hill-top above me sat the rising moon; pale yet as a cloud, but brightening momentarily: she looked over Hay, which, half lost in trees, sent up a blue smoke from its few chimneys; it was yet a mile distant, but in the absolute hush I could hear plainly its thin murmurs of life,” (114).| This is an obvious romantic element because it focuses on nature, which is a major theme of romantic writing. |
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