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Does The Final Chapter Of Bronte's Jane Eyre Fit With The Rest Of The Novel?

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The final chapter’s of Bronte’s Jane Eyre have been a subject of discussion since it’s first publication. Many say the the ending does not fit and other argue that it does. There is a lot of evidence pointing to the latter. The conclusion reveals the fate of Mr. Rochester and Jane, Adele, and of St. John. All of the endings, a mixture of both happy and tragic, to fit with the entire story and can explained because of the Victorian era. This essay will argue that the conclusion of this novel, more specifically that Jane does go back to Mr. Rochester, is extremely fitting to both the plot and the essence of the novel.
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Now, she does not have to be dependant on Rochester for anything, he is the one that has to be the most dependant. His injuries even out the relationship very much so and put them on equal footing. Jane still has her independence even though she goes back to him.
Not only does the relationship even out, the biggest way Jane keeps her independence and her character traits is that she chooses to go back to Rochester. She sets aside her brain and uses her heart fully in making the decision. “It was my time to assume ascendency. My powers were in play and in force,” (301). She went back to Rochester and married him because she wanted to. She did not need to marry Rochester for his money or his social status, she married him because she wanted to. One of the biggest themes of Jane Eyre is the ideal woman and the struggle between choosing to be passionate or suppressing it. At the very end, it is most fitting for the character to develop in such a way that she chooses to be passionate. During the time of the novel as well, women were meant to suppress their wants and desires but the novel is very ahead of it’s time. It’s showing that it is perfectly alright to marry for love and marriage won’t make you lose your independence.
The happy ending for Mr. Rochester and Jane are not the only fitting thing about the ending. Adèle’s fate is also very fitting for the plot and the English Victorian era. There was always a parallel between little Adèle and Jane when she was younger. Both were orphans, and both were eventually sent away to a terribly run school. It would only make sense, that Jane, having gone through this, would take Adèle under her wing. Jane would, of course, want Adele to study at a good school and grow into a good, happy woman. From the Epilogue of the novel, it can be inferred that Adèle did do as much. “As she grew up, a sound English education corrected in a great measure her French defects,” (324). The idea that an education in England would raise a woman better than a French school is very present in the times. Only through a good English lifestyle has Adèle avoided her mother's tragic flaws, materialism and sensuality, characteristics the novel and the Victorian era specifically associates with foreign women.
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