Everyone has secrets and in the novel Jane Eyre by, Charlotte Bronte we see how
a hidden past disrupts the very future of Jane’s life. Mr. Rochester has made his fair share
of mistakes in his life and one of them being keeping a dark past locked and caged up. He
literally did have his past subdued in a prison like manor because he kept his wife Bertha
Mason locked on the third floor of the Thornfield household.
We are introduced to Bertha Mason when Mr. Rochester goes on to tell Jane of
his past. Mr. Rochester’s father didn’t want to divide his property and wealth so he left
the entire estate to his other son Rowland. Mr. Rochester’s father sent him to Jamaica
was he would be expected to marry Bertha Mason. To inherit a large fortune of 30,000
pounds Mr. Rochester would wed Bertha a lovely Creole woman who was notorious for
her beauty in her hometown. Mr. Rochester would take all the necessary steps of courting
her. Wasn’t long before he professed his love for her, they got engaged and married each
They lived together in Jamaica for a time before Mr. Rochester would slowly see
her true nature. The descendents of the Mason family had suffered from cases of mental
diseases which were past down to future generations. Bertha’s mother herself was
afflicted with the same mental disabilities and was eventually put into an insane asylum
were she would remain. Bertha inherited the bad gens herself, but she doesn’t show the
reader her true side until she sprung into one of her moods and caught an episode.
Mr. Rochester soon finds out the family had known cases of this tragic behavior
and as time goes on and he soon acquires Thornfield as his own and moves back to his
home. Bertha at his side but not for long, she is put on the third floor of the Thornfield
manor and is locked up there. The un responsible drunk Grace Poole tends her to. Who
sometimes would get so intoxicated Bertha would allow herself to escape to wreck havoc
for a time before she is thrown back into her quarters.
Bertha impacted Mr. Rochester’s past but when Jane comes into the picture and
we see Jane grows and strives towards what she’s always wanted and deserved Bertha
impacts that significantly. As Jane develops her...