Posted by Rita on October 14, 1997 at 11:53:34:
In response to Why do we love Rochester?, written by Cheryl on October 14, 1997 at 06:06:44
My attraction to Rochester and many men in literary books(such as JE), is simply the reversal of fortune factor.
Most times men who are physically attractive, articulate, rich and intelligent end up with people who fall allover them. It takes people of intelligence, character and pssion to inform them of their own mortality and fallibility.
When an attempt is made after the anger to examine these mortal failings (and change is attempted)then these developed characters have a unique oppurtunity to reach high levels of evolution.
In this respect, the critical drama in this story takes place when Jane leaves Rochester. The dramatic aspect is highlighted by her own passions/love conflicting with belief, the choice she makes is with a heavy heart. Th choice also brings her grief in very realistic terms, for unlike Elizabeth she is not governed by dislike and also has no stable/secure environment to fall back on. I think it is as difficult as it gets!
So Rochester has the strength of character to bring about the change. Most of us hope we will be judged at the end of our lives and not as we muddle through the mazes. In novels this end comes somewhat prematurely!
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