Jane and Rochester Relationship

2205 Words Dec 5th, 2011 9 Pages
We first encounter this relationship between Jane and Rochester during their first dramatic meeting. She encounters him when he falls off his horse and she is required to give him assistance. Jane’s first impression of his face is that ‘He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow’. This may portray the dimness in his face awaiting to be enlightened by a woman which, in this case Jane. Further on in this chapter, unaware of who he is, on her return home, Jane is amazed to discover that the gentleman she assisted in the road was her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester. Jane’s future relationship with Rochester is most clearly set out in their first meeting. Although without any money, reserved and socially dependent, Jane is not …show more content…
One example of this would be when Jane requests a leave from work to visit her ailing aunt and Rochester imposes that she takes the money he provides on her travels emphasizing on her low amount of money; ‘Well, you must have some money; you can't travel without money, and I daresay you have not much.’ This portrays Jane’s financial status and Rochester’s awareness of it. Another case in point would be when Rochester proposes to Jane and tries to shower Jane with luxurious clothes and jewellery on the other hand Jane feels that their relationship should not be transformed into a social and financial match by such trappings and eventually Jane manages to successfully steer him away from this particular behavior. Rochester’s behavior in this part of the novel portrays that he is aware of Jane’s status and wishes to neutralize their relationship which Jane feels will weaken their relationship as they may argue which of them is higher in currency in future relations.
During the novel, the reader acknowledges many times after Jane’s acquaintance with Rochester, the love and passion she holds for him and how it increases day by day. After Rochester expresses his love and proposes to Jane, Bronte uses setting to portray upcoming disasters in their relationship. The sudden break in the weather results in a storm, which creates ‘the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by