Why does Brontë choose such a simple sentence to begin the last chapter, and why did she omit the imagery which is interwoven throughout the whole novel? Why might Charlotte Brontë have chosen to end her novel this way, and what effect did she hope to achieve?
In perhaps the most famous sentence in the novel, Brontë begins her final chapter with these simple four words: "Reader, I married him."
Up until this point, we have been on a stormy, dramatic ride through Jane Eyre 's life. We began with her cruel encounter with her cousin John that ended up with her locked in the Red Room, where she had her wild "fit." We have been with her through all the tumult of the Lowood School, her...
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