Blanche Ingram — The dashing and beautiful daughter of Dowager Lady Ingram. And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. Her mother, the Creole, was both a madwoman and a drunkard! While modern psychiatric medicine has indeed proven a strong genetic component to many forms of mental illness, the tendency of such illnesses to run in families had already been noted in the Victorian era, but was taken as a token of a familial taint, a sort of curse on the bloodline. He is often dishonest to his peers and even Jane Jane's initial meeting, the gypsy scene, and the existence of his real wife. Then appeared the magnificent figure of Miss Ingram, clad in white, a long veil on her head, and a wreath of roses round her brow: by her side walked Mr. John and Jane have quarreled, Diana discusses the situation with Jane.
And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. John believes that for Jane to resist marrying him and to love Rochester would be falling into temptation, and for a large portion of the novel, Jane felt the same thing. However, Rochester because they are equal and expects Jane to stand equally beside him. Initially, Jane thinks that Rochester will take Blanche Ingrams hand in marriage due to social and economic standing; Rochester instead proposes his love for Jane. Helen strives to convince Jane not to be unhappy because she is finally fulfilling her destiny and finding peace with God. .
You -- you strange, you almost unearthly thing! Ere long, a bell tinkled, and the curtain drew up. Analysis: gentrys view of governesses. I could not, in those days, see God for his creature: of whom I had made an idol. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. The lesson analyzes Bertha Mason both as an image of horror and as a tragic figure, and explains why she is considered one of the most controversial characters of all time. John is associated with ice.
I could not help it: the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes. Edward Rochester This speech occurs when Mr. She is the mother and host of the household, and takes Jane under her wing when she arrives. The reader does not get much characterization of Eliza as a child, for she is most times overshadowed by the prettier Georgina. The dream is so disturbing Jane awakes from her sleep. Asking her to enter a loveless marriage is asking her to sacrifice the young, passionate person she is. Reed on her death bed for all the cruelty that she has dealt her, despite nursing childhood wounds and memories of the traumatic Red Room.
At the very start of the novel, Jane gets put in the Red Room an event that haunts her for the rest of her life because she punches John and breaks his nose. Who can tell what a dark, dreary, hopeless life I have dragged on for months past? Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still. John makes this statement when he is attempting to convince Jane to marry him and become a missionary in India. He even considered killing himself; but returned to England. When Jane returns to Gateshead upon her Aunts death, Georgina is still as pretty as ever, but is visibly shallow, spoiled, petty, and emotional. Jane does not like to suffer injustice and believes it that should be combated whenever and wherever found.
It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. No ill-usage so brands its record on my feelings. Besides, school would be a complete change: it implied a long journey, an entire separation from Gateshead, an entrance into a new life. This chapter is the mid-point of her change and she must decide which way to go. John becomes sick and eventually dies. When she dies, so does morality.
Reed, to you I owe some fearful pangs of mental suffering. Again, I looked at the face; which was no longer turned from me-- 'Well, Jane, do you know me? I shall remember how you thrust me back. He had a dark face, with stern features, and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted just now; he was past youth, but had not reached middle age; perhaps he might be thirty-five. My heart beat fast and thick; I heard it throb. Once Jane has found a family in the Rivers siblings and has inherited 5,000 pounds, she feels she has gained her independence; when she learns that Rochester is blind and maimed, she feels like his equal. Thornfield Hall the aspect of a home of the past: a shrine to memory.
Jane Eyre This speech occurs during one of Jane's conversations with Helen Burns at Lowood. I believe he is of mine;—I am sure he is,—I feel akin to him,—I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him. Jane Eyre pivots upon this idea that Bertha Mason is a madwoman, but the implications of this concept when the novel was written are far different than we might understand them today. Such readings perform the same kind of erasure that English colonization has enacted on indigenous peoples, especially women, for centuries. She exerts her own will in an era in which woman were expected and required to submit, always, to the will of the patriarch. After her mothers death, Eliza leaves England and goes to France to become a nun. Try and keep Mr Rochester at a distance: distrust yourself as well as him.
We all must die one day, and the illness which is removing me is not painful; it is gentle and gradual: my mind is at rest. Criticize me: does my forehead not please you? Jane asserts her autonomy because of Bertha: she leaves Rochester and makes a life for herself without him, in defiance of him, rather than compromise her values or self-identity. Bertha's uncontrollable animal nature comes in stark contrast to Jane's placidity and rationality; although Jane possesses some of the same fiery passion that Bertha has, Jane is able to control her inclinations with her humanity. All the house was still, for I believe all except St. Doing nothing, expecting nothing; merging night in day; feeling but the sensation of cold when I let the fire go out, of hunger when I forgot to eat: and then a ceaseless sorrow, and, at times, a very delirium of desire to behold my Jane again.
All the house is quiet, except for St. Although she only appears for a few chapters, Helen and her view of Christianity become very significant to Jane as she grows into adulthood. Rochester is so talented and so lively in society, that I believe he is a general favourite: the ladies are very fond of him; though you would not think his appearance calculated to recommend him particularly in their eyes: but I suppose his acquirements and abilities, perhaps his wealth and good blood, make amends for any little fault of look. You had no right to be born, for you make no use of life. Do you know where the wicked go after death? I believe he is of mine;—I am sure he is—I feel akin to him—I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him … I must, then, repeat continually that we are for ever sundered:—and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.