What views on marriage does Charlotte Bronte present in her novel Jane Eyre?

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Charlotte Bronte, through her character Jane Eyre, shows a strong belief in the sanctity of a legal marriage. To Jane the marriage bond is not merely a convenience but a sacred trust. Therefore, when she finds out that Rochester, who is ready to marry her, is already married, she reacts with horror. From Jane's standpoint, it simply is not right to engage in a bigamous marriage, even if Bertha is insane. In Jane's eyes, one marries for better or for worse, and Bertha's condition in no way alleviates Rochester of his responsibilities toward Bertha as her husband.

Jane reveals her strong moral fiber in rejecting Rochester when she finds out he is already married. She loves him deeply, and it would be easy to...

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