Bertha Mason: An Unrealistic Aspect of Jane Eyre
Love, morality, and determination are tested to its farthest limits in Charlotte Brontë’s classic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre, due to several situations and characters. One character in particular, Bertha Mason, is an eminently unrealistic character yet she can be considered one of the more capital characters that influences other much more plausible elements and actions in the story, especially those of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. Bertha Mason, an insane and overly aggressive wife that Rochester had hidden away for many years in his attic, was just one of the boundaries Jane Eyre and Rochester had to overpass, but possibly the most important. She creates many awkward and unrealistic actions in the story that consequently make her, as a whole, an unrealistic character.
Jane Eyre never lost her sense of morality even when she found herself in love for the first time with the only man who provided her a sense of security and a home in Thornfield. One of Bertha’s unrealistic actions would be when she goes into Jane’s room at night, days before her wedding, and stands at the foot of Jane’s bed only to take Jane’s veil and tear it apart. Although she was supposedly “insane”, Bertha seemed to be very conscious of everything going on around her which was not very credible considering they depicted her as a complete lunatic. After that incident, Bertha Mason became a symbol of downfall and reality in Jane’s life; a symbol that brought her down to Earth after spending most of her time, as Jane had said, “an ardent expectant woman – almost a bride” (Brontë, 345). Bertha Mason managed to turn Jane Eyre back into the desolate and bleak girl she used to be, as seen on page 345, “My hopes were all dead – struck with a subtile doom, such as in one, fell on all born in the land of Egypt. I looked on my cherished wishes, yesterday so blooming and glowing; they lay stark, chill, livid corpses, that could never...
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