Jane Eyre, One of the Greatest Love Stories of All Time?

2143 Words Apr 25th, 2008 9 Pages
“Jane Eyre” is a novel of passion, desire, rage and defiance, combining to form a literary sensation that has withstood the test of time. The novel’s sense of mystery, betrayal and deceit create the perfect romance narrative which has been evoking passion from its readers for over a century. Jane’s enduring quest for love, love of a family and of an equal fulfill the human ideals of romance as she defies all obstacles in her way. The love between Rochester and Jane dissolves the constraints of Victorian society where social status becomes of little significance. “Jane Eyre” epitomizes triumph over impossible odds as two people of different status can love each other for who they are and nothing more.

A major theme of “Jane Eyre” is Jane’s
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Something that also appeals to many readers is that Jane does not settle with a loveless marriage. Although Mr. Rochester betrays Jane, she has faith in their love. Where Mr. Rochester tempts Jane to reject all social convention and duty, St John wants her to abandon passion. Both characters act as a foil to one another and represent the two halves of Jane’s personality and Jane shows here that she struggles with her identity against both men, ‘I was almost as hard beset by him as I had been once before, in a different way, by another,’ Rochester and Jane are often represented as fire, ‘flaming and flashing’ and St John is represented as ice, ‘By degrees, he acquired a certain influence over me that took away my liberty of mind. . . I fell under a freezing spell,’ ultimately Jane chooses to be her true self but has learnt to balance this with self-control, also highlighted by Donald D. Stone, ‘the efforts of the Bronte protagonists to find a middle position between passionate rebellion and rigid self-control.’
The love between Jane and Mr. Rochester is extremely passionate and the chemistry between them brings both characters to life. There is a lot of camaraderie between the two characters which is often humorous and allows the reader to gain an intimate knowledge of Jane and Rochester’s relationship and to also feel more involved with both characters. ‘Am I hideous, Jane?’ ‘Very, sir: You always were, you know.’
The writer Anthony Trollope described