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Can you help me with a critical analysis of the ending of "Jane Eyre"?

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djraz | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2008 at 12:36 AM via web

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Can you help me with a critical analysis of the ending of "Jane Eyre"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 14, 2008 at 3:21 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Jane Eyre, the tried and tested Jane along with the renewed Rochester find true happiness.  Jane becomes the perfect wife and mother, and, Rochester the perfect loving husband.  With a reunited love and a new chance at sight for Rochester, it is a happy ending, or new beginning for these characters.  The fact that Jane fulfills the Victorian ideal of becoming a wife and mother, as well as marrying above her station is very satisfying for readers who regard Jane as a  woman of strength and dignity.  The end of the novel is very satisfying for Victorian romance readers.  It is a perfect story full of suspense, disappointment, lost love and triumph.  The reader can fully appreciate the love and marriage of Rochester and Jane at the end of the novel, because they have struggled so valiantly to survive in order to be together, united in true love at the end of the story.   

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trishna | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2008 at 3:26 AM (Answer #2)

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the narrative of Jane Eyre has invited researchers to penetrate deep into the text and unfurl such issues as a rebel feminist (Showalter), anti-imperialist, bildungsroman etc. such themes definitely highlight the romantic essence of the text making it an intriguing reading.

the ending, however, controverts certain points. the linear progression of the novel now resolves, rather informsd the readers of the whereabouts and developement of the supporting characters. Jane , at first narrates the peaceful and loving relation that exists between the two in a most worshipful manner. secondly, she assumes a condescending tone while traversing the journey of Adele. her observation of the school rules echo that of Mr. Brocklehurst and the anti imperialist tone now transfuses to leave behind the strain of continuation, continuation of a similar method of restricting the growth of a woman within the parameters of discipline, virtue and correct manners.

no mention of BErtha mason is made. the mad woman in the attic has transpired to leave behind a docile, persevering and perfect woman. the Creole woman has left behind the space for her to be.

the post colonial element that involves Sir John and the burden of the white has been blessed with kind and admiring words. on the whole her narrative finds a perfect closure with eternal love embelling her future with Rochester.


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