Explore the presentation of strong feelings between Jane Eyre and Romeo and Juliet.
Hi, I'm having a bit of trouble comparing the display of hatred within the two sources. I've chosen the death of Mercutio (which expresses powerful love from Romeo as well as hatred), but I cannot think of an example to compare it to in Jane Eyre? I would be grateful for any help, thank you!
One way to compare feelings of hatred between the Shakespearean play of Romeo and Juliet and Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is to examine the hatred which Edward Rochester has for Bertha Mason.
If you mean to use Mercutio (which I think is a wonderful example from the play), the comparative can be made with Rochester. Rochester, previously married to Bertha, locks her up in the attic of Thornfield Manor. Rochester, fearful of his wife's mental illness, makes the decision to keep her at Thornfield in order to have her truly taken care of (mental wards at this time were not regulated well). It is not until he meets Jane that he begins to question his decision to keep both Bertha and his marriage around.
Rochester's marriage to Bertha comes out on his wedding day to Jane. Jane, hurt by the lies, leaves Thornfield (another examination of hatred you could examine). By the time Jane comes back to Thornfield, Rochester is blind and broken. She forgives him and they choose to marry.
In the end, Rochester's hatred (and love) towards Bertha can be paralleled to the love and hatred between Mercutio and Romeo.
Thank-you, recieved an A* as a result of your help, much appreciated!