Some Jane tropes identified (the original page has spoilers blanked out - just highlight them to see them):
- To be fair, cousin marriage—including first-cousin marriage—was not considered incestuous or otherwise shocking when Bronte was writing, although some Victorians frowned on it. The real Squick, from Jane's point-of-view, is that St. John will feel obliged to have sex with her ("all the forms of love") even though he has made it clear that he neither loves her nor finds her sexually desirable. In fact, he thinks that she's physically repulsive.
- Rochester is probably Chaotic Neutral. Jane is probably Neutral Good - she's not a slave to convention, but she respects it, one obvious example of many being her reaction to the revelation that Mr. Rochester is married. Moreover, she's actually envious of others' capacity for devotion to the law; take for example Helen Burns, whose saintliness includes unwavering respect for the obviously abusive and unjust teachers at Lowood, and who is held in awe for this reason by Jane.
- Played straight in that it is Rochester's love for Jane that turns him away from the dissipation of his Mysterious Past.
- Inverted with Rochester and Adèle, since he's stuck with her but doesn't acknowledge paternity (and Jane can't see any resemblance).
- It's actually Moral Dissonance, internal to the novel, if you read some of the Bronte sisters' social essays. You have to keep in mind that Rochester is explicitly pretty much evil for most of the novel.
- Actually, Jane does call Rochester out on his behaviour: "Sir," I interrupted him, "you are inexorable for that unfortunate lady: you speak of her with hate—with vindictive antipathy. It is cruel—she cannot help being mad."
- Rochester insists that he doesn't hate Bertha because she's mad, she was just (apparently, if you believe him) that wicked.
- Some of that was Bronte trying to make it clear that Bertha wasn't to be reviled because she was crazy. In later years Bronte spoke in several letters about wanting readers to feel pity, not revulsion, but never quite being able to create that in the writing.
- It is suggested by the description of Bertha in the book, that as a Creole she may not be completely white. This is seen as a valid reason why she might be insane. Look at the words used to describe her — savage, common, vulgar, vampiric — these and the description of her biting Rochester all play into the savage cannibalistic stereotypes of the period.
Lots of other literature chapters including Wuthering Heights, A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick and Huckleberry Finn.
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