Theme Of Secrets In Jane Eyre

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A powerful novel, Jane Eyre has many secrets in the storyline between the characters; one of the most shocking secrets was that Rochester has a wife. Since his older brother would inherit his father's fortune, Rochester needed to secure his own future with a union for the sake of money, not love. So, he married Bertha Mason, who was a beautiful and wealthy woman. Although she seemed to be the ideal bride, Rochester did not know about the insanity that ran in her family’s blood; however, he soon learned this as he watched his wife become mad. Unable to care for her himself, Rochester paid for a woman to tend to her in a hidden room in Thornfield Hall. When Jane arrived, feelings that he had never truly experienced before came to life - he fell in love with her. Jane and Rochester's relationship progressed as did their secret feelings for each other. Finally, Rochester confessed his love and proposed to Jane; she accepted, not knowing about Bertha.…show more content…
Explaining how Bertha was more a monster than a wife, Rochester showed Richard, Jane, and the priest to the crazed woman. Shell-shocked at this news, Jane fled to her room where she stayed for hours upon hours. “Jane Eyre, who had been an ardent expectant woman - almost a bride - was a cold, solitary girl again: her life was pale; her prospects were desolate (341).” When she finally emerged, Rochester tried to convince her to stay with him. This was not something she could not do; "...[It would] strip you [Jane] of honour and rob you of self-respect (346)..." The next morning, Jane left Thornfield Hall with some money and few possessions and without saying goodbye to anyone. "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you

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