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Deception in Jane Eyre
Transcript of Deception in Jane Eyre
A Powerful Tool
In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the main character is repeatedly humiliated and judged wrongly by those who think of themselves of higher social status.
Despite the emotional suffering of ones feelings one is frequently deceived by an instigator at the cost of their emotional suffering, and more often than not Jane is the victim.
The maid Grace Poole, a servant and assigned caretaker of Bertha, attempts to murder Mr. Rochester
The reason becomes evident when the reader is introduced to Mr. Rochester's second wife, Bertha. In the moment, Rochester says “Just so. Grace Poole - you have guessed it. She is, as you say, singular - very. Well, I shall reflect on the subject. (Jane Eyre Page 151)” he is hiding the true reason as to why he was so recently almost murdered
Bertha’s motive for the directed orders are because of how much she hates Rochester for passing on her as if she was a trial version of a marriage
Deceit is seen here in two ways: Grace Poole taking advantage of Mr. Rochester’s trust and Bertha taking advantage of Grace’s kindness and does not speak of the whole truth. Again, readers see that a character is deceived at their own cost for the instigators benefit.
A Game Called Love
Mr. Rochester uses Ms. Ingram in a scheme where they were to be lawfully wed, with the main goal was to bring out Jane’s jealousy which sparks and flourishes her love for her master.
Rochester admits to his actions but does not feel remorse, guilt or as if he just ruined one’s life. When Mr. Rochester disguises himself as the grotesque gypsy, the gypsy reveals to Jane that “Yes; and to the beautiful Ms. Ingram. (Jane Eyre Page 200)” and with this revelation Jane’s insides are lit to fire much like the 1666 London, England fire.
Two Wives One Liar
Jane’s wish of eternal happiness and to be treated with respect is becoming a reality until an intruder at the wedding stops the wedding amidst of the ceremony procedures.
The stranger announces that Mr. Rochester is not eligible for marriage due to his current marital status.
Jane’s true feelings and thoughts on the drastic event come out when Mr. Rochester says “I had determines and was convinced that I could and ought. It was not my original intention to deceive, as I have deceived you. (Jane Eyre Page 310)”.
Rochester sweet talks Jane and persists to listen to her mourning thoughts but she is hesitant on doing so. Rochester is at his weakest point in this chapter, he succumbs to using threats in order to keep Jane as Micael betters states it ”Most telling of all is Rochester's resort to threats of violence when he realizes that his deception will not work and that he may be balked of his desires: " 'Jane! will you hear reason?…because, if you won't, I'll try violence … Jane, I am not a gentle-tempered man … beware!' … his still voice was the pant of a lion rising." Bronte makes the underlying issue clear when Jane responds to Rochester's "It would not be wicked to love me" with "It would to obey you" (Jane Eyre Page 278).
The marriage would benefit only to Mr. Rochester because his starvation for love and of equal intelligence would be fulfilled but Jane would be marrying into a future of problems.
During the beginning of the novel, Jane’s benefactress, Mrs. Reed labels her as a liar and an ill influence.
The Principal, Mr. Brocklehurst, is confronted by Mrs. Reed regarding how he should keep a keen eye out for her because she is a compulsive liar and deceitful “This little girl has not quite the character and disposition I could wish: should you admit her into Lowood, I should be glad if the superintendent and teachers were quested to keep a strict eye on her, and, above all, to guard against her worst fault, a tendency to deceit. (Jane Eyre Page 35)”.
Mrs. Reed’s deceit was to her own benefit because she is no longer responsible for a burden, Jane, and can focus on spending her late husband’s wealth while keeping their promise.
Fake Name, Real Family
As Micael Clarke states, “Crushed by Rochester's deception, Jane departs Thornfield, and, after nearly perishing on the moors, is taken in by the Reverend St. John Rivers and his sisters (Clarke)” Jane on her journey for some safe shelter, along with her parched mortified mouth, is at the doorstep of Mary and Diana.
Unfortunately, Jane deceives the two kind and welcoming females by introducing herself as Jane Elliot.
Jane knows how it feels to be deceived so she confesses her lies “No: I fear discovery above all things; and what disclosure would lead to it, I avoid. (Jane Eyre Page 349) “and is aware of what would come if she revealed her actual name.
This deception was beneficial to Jane because if she were to use her legal name, Mary and Diana would judge her as a worthless human with no education but instead Jane Elliott allowed her to have a temporary home and she was not treated ill.
Happily Ever After
Towards the ending Mr. Rochester becomes blind and remorseful, as Jennifer Temple said in an article “In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, hides himself away in lonely despair after he is blinded by the fire at Thornfield Hall. His guilt stems from his locking away Bertha, as well as from his deception of Jane, and he compounds his guilt by hiding in his damaged mansion, doing nothing to restore the balance upset by his transgressions. (Temple)”.
In Jane Eyre, Jane is constantly judged by her appearance and social status wrongfully and she is not presented the chance to display her true blunt self, only Mr. Rochester does give her a chance but the reader soon sees that he is no better than the rest with his deceiving ways.
Evidently, the theme of deception frequently makes a return into the novel because the character use deception for their own beneficial reasons at the cost of the others pain.
by Shawn Hamid