Essay about Comparing and Contrasting the Men of Jane Eyre

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Comparing and Contrasting the Men of Jane Eyre

Love and companionship means different things to different people. Sometimes one searches for it in a person much like himself; a mate who upholds their own values and thinks the same thoughts. Other times, people yearn for someone with fresh ideas and an opposite personality to bring new emotions to his life. But in either case, the person that sometimes ends up being the mate one is attracted to is not always a choice that is conventionally upheld by society or perfect in every way. Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is a story of one such case of a love found between two people who are not necessarily the most beautiful or outstanding people, but that find a mutual
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John and Mr. Rochester throughout the novel, and each offers Jane something very different. As it is commonly remarked in the novel, Mr. Rochester is not a handsome man, and Jane is rather plain herself. When she is asked by him, "You examine me, Miss Eyre, do you think me handsome?" she quickly responds, "No, sir," without the slightest bit of restraint. Obviously, the aspect of physical perfection is not important to Jane, as she rises above this superficial quality and still loves him for the man he is inside. She herself has never been flattered by others about her beauty and perhaps the less attractive physique of her lover makes her more comfortable around him and less pressured to conform and accept the conventional characteristics of beauty, which she does not possess. St. John boasts physical qualities that are very much the opposite of Mr. Rochester. As Jane describes him, "St. John dresses well. He is a handsome man: tall, fair, with blue eyes, and a Grecian profile." Although Jane depicts him as an almost godlike figure, these perfections of physical stature are not things that make Jane feel comfortable or attracted to him. During her life she has not had much contact with beauty and handsome features, and has become accustomed to this acceptance of natural appearance and does not have the desire to search for a life companion that has such an ideal outward
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