Jane Eyre

Mr. Rochester’s Renewal 10th Grade

In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, characters develop and change considerably; in particular, the character of Mr. Rochester demonstrates this clear character development. Mr. Rochester initially appears to be a profoundly unlikable person, one who acts with disregard towards others and follows a moral code that serves his best interests. He blatantly uses others in order to benefit himself. He lacks the ability to consider the consequences of his actions. Moreover, he seems ignorant to the hurt he causes and carries on with his life as though he has done nothing for which he must repent; he consistently acts deceitfully and betrays even the people he claims to love, ultimately driving people away from him. It seems that he has no intention to stop his behavior and appears satisfied with his condition in life. However, when he loses everything he considers valuable, he recognizes the countless mistakes he made and must fully accept the consequences of his behavior. Only by losing everything that gave him a sense of entitlement, does Mr. Rochester evolve from a man who acts only in his best interest to a caring and genuine person, as his experience forces him to repent for his past actions and realize humility.


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