Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do … 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. In the village school, I found that you could perform well, punctually, uprightly, labor uncongenial to your habits and inclinations; I saw you could perform it with capacity and tact: you could win while you controlled. They make peace and enjoy a sense of fellowship. Eliza who was headstrong and selfish, was respected. Jane Eyre This is one of the more famous quotations from the novel because it provides an immediate sense of Jane's personality, as well as her position of lonely inferiority among her cousins at Gateshead. In a society where women are expected to be calm and silent, Jane shows an innovative and advanced mentality heavy on feminism.
And that punishment you made me suffer because your wicked boy struck me—knocked me down for nothing. 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. But later, after we were properly married, he insisted that it hadn't happened that way. Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane? When Jane has this figurative orgasm and chooses to be with Rochester, she does not know that Bertha Mason is dead. Rochester discards his sarcasm for one of the first times in the novel and acknowledges that he feels a significant emotional connection to Jane.
To attack the first is not to assail the last. Quotes by characters other than Jane are noted. She is finally ready to begin a new life outside of Lowood, so this thought is, in a way, a turning point in her life. He has made his fortune working out in the West Indies, and travels so frequently that he rarely stays long at home. Reed does not reconcile with Jane. The two girls on whom, kneeling down on the wet ground, and looking through the low, latticed window of Moor House kitchen, I had gazed. In her Bildung it shows how unloved she is and the destructive effects of her confronting her own identity.
Rochester is the only member of high society who ever treats her with respect. I could not help it: the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes. Let me try and wait His will in silence. I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing. This suggests that independence and freedom is being lost.
I will tell anybody who asks me questions this exact tale. This is the wrong that Jean Rhys sought to redress in Wide Sargasso Sea, returning to Bertha Mason her voice and name. Edward Rochester This speech occurs when Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me—for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate. Rochester's eyesight, he becomes vulnerable and dependent on Jane; he can no longer maintain his former position as the superior male.
Bertha sets Rochesters bed alight, and tears up Janes veil in her sleeping chambers before the wedding. Lesson Summary In the 1847 novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte creates one of the most controversial characters in all of English literature: the madwoman in the attic, Bertha Mason. She does not want to be like the rest of women, she wants to stay true to herself, to her plainness and modesty. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. John asks Jane to go with him to India to be a missionary with him, and to become his wife! I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. Rochester is selfish because he pressures Jane to marry him as his mistress and he had no intention of telling Jane the truth about his first wife; even after Bertha almost attacks Jane two nights before their wedding, Rochester still tries to cover it up because he knows that if Jane were to find out, she might leave him, and his life force would be gone.
Contemporary readings, inspired by Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, have rehabilitated Bertha's image. It was a discoulored face, a savage face, I wish I could forget teh roll of the red eyes and the fearful blackened inflation of the lineaments! Brocklehurst is eventually removed from his position at Lowood, he remains one of the worst obstacles that the child Jane must overcome in order to continue her quest for independence. Rochester forbids Jane and Richard Mason to speak about what has occurred, Jane cannot help overhearing this clue to the mystery of Thornfield. After her mothers death, Eliza leaves England and goes to France to become a nun. You should hear mama on the chapter of governesses: Mary and I have had, I should think, a dozen at least in our day; half of them detestable and the rest ridiculous, and all incubi - were they not, mama? John's argument of ownership also highlights his view of Jane as a subservient companion, not a woman with independent thoughts. 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.
Through this feeble creature in the mirror, the author suggest that women in 19 th century were like ghosts. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. You had no right to be born, for you make no use of life. You -- poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are -- I entreat to accept me as a husband. I leave no one to regret me much: I have only a father; and he is lately married, and will not miss me.