I recently finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I would like some clarification on why she married Mr. Rochester. I know it was because of love, but I'm talking about how she is...

I recently finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I would like some clarification on why she married Mr. Rochester. I know it was because of love, but I'm talking about how she is going to have to care for him until he dies and by that time she will have grown far too old to remarry anyone else. Why did she go back to Mr. Rochester and why did she leave in the first place?

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mrshh | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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When Jane Eyre decided to marry Mr. Rochester the first time, she was unaware that he was still married to Bertha Mason.  Jane and Mr. Rochester were standing at the alter in the church, saying their vows, when a man she did not recognize rushed inside to stop them.  He told them that Mr. Rochester was married to another woman and therefore could not marry Jane.  Jane was shocked as Mr. Rochester explained that Bertha, his wife, was insane and that he was bound to her because of their marriage.  He suggested that Jane be his mistress, but she refused and left.

 

Jane went to live with the Rivers siblings.  St. John Rivers proposed to Jane.  When Jane refused, he attempted to convince her again.  She realized that St. John did not love her, and that stood in contrast with the love she felt from Mr. Rochester.  Afterward, Jane thought she heard Mr. Rochester's voice calling to her in the night.  Jane left to return to Mr. Rochester.  She discovered that he was severely injured in a fire, which also killed Bertha.  She still loved Mr. Rochester and wanted to marry him, which she did.  

 

Despite his injuries, Mr. Rochester was the only person that loved Jane for who she was.  She had suffered years of abuse and feelings of being unloved.  While Jane faced struggles in marrying Mr. Rochester, he was the only person who had ever loved her.  She felt something which she had not felt before, and did not know any other love.

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