Deception In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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During the 19th century female authors were commonly degraded especially when books had a sexual nature. A now notable biography from this period is Charlotte Brontё’s “Jane Eyre”, a detailed account of the life of a young girl that blossoms into adulthood having to face the challenges and social norms of the time. In many works of literature a character intentionally deceives others to either hurt or offer protection. In “Jane Eyre” a character intentionally deceives a loved one with the intention to protect everyone including himself. This particular deception plays a large role in developing the characters of the narrative and the plot development, contributing to the work as a whole. To set the stage in “Jane Eyre” our Protagonist, Jane Eyre is deceived by Mr.Rochester, one of the antagonists in order to “protect” his love, Jane. Mr. Rochester’s deception begins…show more content…
In the climax of the novel Mr. Rochester is finally exposed by a lawyer stating: “‘It simply consists in the existence of a previous marriage. Mr. Rochester has a wife now living.’” (Brontё 186) All of Mr. Rochester's lies are put on display when a group of men including a lawyer and Mr. Mason accuse him of having a current wife. After this large accusation we see that the lies Mr.Rochester's told may only have been told in order for him to get exactly what he wanted. “Mr. Rochester continued, hardily and reckless: ‘Bigamy is a n ugly word!- I meant, however, to be a bigamist; but fate has out-manoeuvred me, or Providence has checked me,-perhaps the last.” (Brontё 188) We see here that Rochester cared more about his own happiness and pleasure then he did about moral right and wrongs. The story continues and everyone goes seeking proof of a Ms. Rochester which they find, this causes Jane to leave Mr. Rochester, punishing him for his
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