Proposals http://pinkbambi13.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/jane-eyre.jpg By Brian Hoang, Jason Thai, Katherine Nguyen, Megan Mendieta
THE MEN. • Edward Fairfax Rochester • St. John Rivers http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AuXNy0xmfko/UCeTunan-gI/AAAAAAAAboY/txFpN63TLdQ/s1600/JaneEyre1983_4051Pyxurz.jpg http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llcbg2uL0j1qg3u1o.jpg
Edward Fairfax Rochester • A passionate man • Eloquent with his words • Seeks true love • Broken past http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oFECcTdJnJ0/SLQJsKMYgYI/AAAAAAAABQ0/9kP32GtMRGU/s320/TobyRochester.jpg
Rochester’s proposal to Jane • “‘I have no bride!’ ‘But you will have.’ ‘Yes – I will!’”(Bronte 271). • “‘My bride is here…because my equal is here, and my likeness. Jane, will you marry me?’” (Bronte 273). • “‘But, Jane, I summon you as my wife: it is you only I intend to marry’” (Bronte 273). • “It will expiate at God’s tribunal. I know my Maker sanctions what I do. For the world’s judgment – I wash my hands thereof. For man’s opinion – I defy it” (Bronte 275)
Rochester’s arguments, assumptions, attitudes, and diction • Rochester felt like he had finally found a woman to love • Rochester assume he can commit a wrong • Not very traditional • Ambiguous • Emotional, passionate, and complex diction • In the fields near Thornfield at a chestnut tree
Jane’s reaction to Rochester • “‘Do you doubt me, Jane?’ ‘Entirely’” (Bronte 273). • “‘Are you in earnest? Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?’… I do; and if an oath is necessary to satisfy you, I swear it’” (Bronte 274). • Doesn’t believe him • Following her heart • Eventually takes his word and accepts
St. John Rivers • Jane’s cousin • Missionary • Didn’t love Jane http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9WM7HW1RmWU/TTClpWLrwpI/AAAAAAAABbo/zlkttkaEEC8/s1600/Jane%2BEyre%2BJB.jpg
St. John’s proposal to Jane • “God and nature intended you for a missionary’s wife. It is not personal but mental endowments they have given you; you are formed for labor, not for love. A missionary’s life you must– shall be. You shall be mine; I claim you – not for my pleasure, but for my Sovereign’s service” (Bronte 437) • “Humility, Jane… is the ground-work of Christian virtues; you say right that you are not fit for the work. Who is fit for it…Think like me, Jane– trust like me” (Bronte 437).
St. John’s arguments, assumptions, attitudes, and diction • Felt that Jane was created for labor. • Thought that Jane believed women are inferior • Wanted Jane to be a Missionary’s wife • Persistent • Argued to follow the status quo • Anti-feminist • His diction was very submissive and condescending. • In the nature
Jane’s reaction to St. John • “I am not fit for it, I have no vocation…I do not understand missionary life; I have never studied missionary labors…nothing speaks or stirs in me while you talk. I am sensible of no light kindling” (Bronte 437-438). • Refuses many times • Felt no love • Doubts she is able to do what he wants her to do
Comparison Rochester St. John
Works cited • Bronte, Charlotte, and Joyce Carol Oates. Jane Eyre. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1987. Print. • Jacobsen, Karin, and Mary Ellen Snodgrass. CliffsNotes on Jane Eyre. 23 Oct 2012<http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/id-23.html>.