The Novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is full of tragic scenes that change the characters thoughts and actions. Most of the tragedies in this novel involve and effect Miss Jane and Mr. Rochester the most. Throughout the novel tragedies are displayed through the fire in Mr. Rochester’s room and the discovery of Bertha, his wife.
The fire in Mr. Rochester’s room was an important tragedy; it changed the thoughts and actions of all the characters at Thornfield. For example, Grace Poole thought Mr. Rochester “Fell asleep with his candle lit . . . the curtains caught on fire” (145).
Grace Poole knows what happened but she wants to tell lies to all the other employs there. This event caused a lot of confusion and controversy between the people at Thornfield. Grace tried to cover up an attempt of murder with an accident. In Addition, Mr. Rochester gets startled or scared when this happens, “Is there a flood? . . .What have you done with me witch, sorceress?” (139).
The act of Jane throwing water on him caused him to yell pointless words at anyone in the room, and be angry towards them. Before he talks to anyone he starts to jump to conclusions and start to ponder in his mind: Who set the fire? Why was it me? What do they want?. Furthermore, Jane was so overwhelmed with all that had happened that “[Jane] never thought of sleep . . . because all the thoughts that I had about what had happened”. Jane is almost traumatized bye what had happened and her perception of the house is changed. In her mind she will create a great mystery of what is hiding in Thornfield. This experience was one that made a person in the house very suspicious and feared.
Essay: Should Jane Eyre have Married Mr Rochester? It is a common opinion that Jane Eyre should not have married Mr Rochester. From their very first encounter Mr Rochester have not been truthful or kind to Jane Eyre. For a start Mr Rochester and Jane! |s age difference is much too far apart, Rochester was 40 and Jane was about 20, but it was probably normal, that time in England. From their very ...
A moment of tragedy for Mr. Rochester and Jane was when Jane discovered Mr. Rochester’s former wife. For example, Jane must turn to the streets and think, “Where was I to go? . . . What was I to do?” (308) and become a beggar. This must be a traumatic moment for Jane because for the first time in her life she isn’t living in a wealthy environment, and she has to fend for herself. She is frightened from what might happen to her while she is on her own. In addition, in her time away from everyone she has grown “an affection in her heart” (416) for Mr. Rochester. Jane has feelings for Mr. Rochester that she can control and they only get stronger with time. This time away also gives her time to figure out her problems in her life. Furthermore, Jane, now that away, found out that, “I have family” (319), she had a cousin, and she inherited two thousand pounds. This is a result of her going away. She has never had the good feeling of owning that much of her own money before. She has never had the feeling of having someone from her family, or someone related to her before.
The life changing moments in this novel help shape the plots and the personalities of the characters. These events hurt, but also helped many of the characters. Catastrophic moments in a person’s life can change thoroughly change or alter the course of their life.