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Bertha And Jane In Charlotte Bronte´S Jane Eyre5

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In Victorian times, women played a very small role when interacting with men. Women held a subservient attitude and did as they were told due to their lower position in society. Two women that significantly went around these rules not only with men but also with anyone around them would be Jane and Bertha Rochester. Throughout the novel they have left their own marks with their actions and words. Her stay at Thornfield has made a tremendous impact on those around her especially Mr. Rochester and Jane. Bertha Rochester has not only left an impact in Jane’s present life but also in her past as well.
Bertha Rochester’s introduction to the story created a major change. Right when things were somewhat falling into place for Jane, havoc struck again. Mentally unstable; Bertha caused great damage to Thornfield and those that stayed there. Bertha was Mr. Rochester’s wife whom he married for her good looks and fortune. Bertha was unpleasantly married to Mr. Rochester for four years. After four years of being with Bertha, Mr. Rochester locks her away in the attic for 10 years due to her violent yet insane behavior. This wasn’t the best arrangement because it allowed Bertha to roam around Thornfield due to poor supervision from Grace. Bertha’s introduction is significant because it allows Mr. Rochester’s past to unravel in order for him to continue on with his future with Jane.
Although Bertha’s life ended, she left an impact on Jane’s life. Jane’s relationship with Mr. Rochester is an important aspect of the novel because this is the one time were Jane is starting to experience love. Bertha wasn’t in the right state of mind but she knew that Jane and Mr. Rochester were gaining feeling for each other; therefor she tried to get in between them any chance she got. Bertha has been the cause of numerous incident that’s have occurred at Thornfield. Bertha stabbed her brother one night when she escaped the attic also; she caused two fires in the Thornfield residence as well as tearing apart Jane’s veil. All of these occurrences appear to be Berthas way of...

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