Critical Appreciation Of Jane Eyre | Chapter 17-22

Chapter 17

This chapter is a turning point in the novel. That is because of the wedding of Jane and Rochester. The couple went to the church at the appointed time, and the priest was ready to read the statements. He asked whether there was an impediment. At that moment, a lawyer appeared and declared an impediment. That is the previous marriage of Mr Rochester to Bertha Mason. Even the legal wife’s brother, the Mason, appeared before them to prove the fact. They pointed out that if they married, this would become bigamy. Then Mr Rochester also had to accept the fact and stop the marriage.

Jane became very much hopeless and all her hopes scattered without a future. Mr Rochester took all of them to show his wife, who was kept in a room like a beast. Although Rochester’s second marriage is reasonable, it is illegal because of bigamy. At the end of the chapter, the lawyer asks Jane to live with her uncle in Madeira. They said that he was in a very critical condition in health. However, they left the place while Jane was waiting alone in the house.

Chapter 18

In this chapter, both Mr Rochester and Jane are in strong mental confusion. Jane doesn’t like to stay in Thornfield as Rochester’s legal wife lives. Rochester proposed to Jane live in a secret place far away. But Jane didn’t like it. We can learn that Jane doesn’t like to go against the law. Thereby she tries to suppress her sensitive feelings and give a prominent place to reason. Sometimes, we feel that Jane is wrong. But she is correct because living with Rochester could create more problems than leaving him. However, we feel too sympathetic to Rochester when we listen to his story about marriage to Bertha. We also can learn how proposal marriages take place based on property. Sometimes appearance is deceptive but not realistic. Bertha appears to be very beautiful, but in reality, she is mad. At the end of this chapter, Jane leaves Thornfield hall while Mr Rochester is weeping in a broken heart.

Chapter 19

This chapter describes Jane’s new life at Moor House, where she met her cousins accidentally when she was going on an aimless journey. They are Mr John Rivers and his two sisters. John Rivers is a priest. He informs Jane about the fortune given by the dead uncle. But she decided to divide the fortune twenty thousand pounds, equally for fire thousand each. That shows Jane’s selflessness and gratitude to River’s family for giving her shelter and looking after her. But when River proposed to her, she didn’t like it because she knew that Rivers only needed a partner for his missionary work, not true love. On the other hand, Mr Rochester is still in Jane’s heart.

Chapter 20

According to this chapter, Jane travelled to Thornfield hall to look for Mr Rochester. But she was amused to find Thornfield hall in a complete ruin as it was caught by fire. When she inquired what happened from the inn man, she realized that the house was set fire one night by Mr Rochester’s mad wife, Bertha. Then Mr Rochester attempted to rescue the wife and the servants. Yet his wife leapt down and died. Mr Rochester also had injuries while going through the fire. Thereby he lost eyesight and one arm. As a result, He became blind and disabled. Then she went to the village Ferndean the manor where Rochester lived.

Chapter 21

In this chapter, we can learn that Jane went to Ferndean manor to meet Mr Rochester, the servant woman Mary and the dog Pilot recognized Jane and were also surprised. The meeting between Jane and Rochester was a very sentimental occasion. Jane felt very sad about, Rochester and she loved him despite his physical disability. Rochester also surprised Jane’s arrival and promised to love him.

Chapter 22

The novel Jane Eyre ends up very happy because both Jane and Rochester are married in the end. They also had a son. Rochester could recover the sight of the right eye. However, we can understand Jane’s character full of humanity because of this marriage. By the end of the novel, she is rich and physically average. But Rochester has lost many things. Yet Jane sacrificed everything for the sake of her love for Rochester. The novel ends with completing ten years for their marriage.

SEE: Critical Appreciation Of Jane Eyre | Chapter 12-16

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