Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre English Novel Assignment

Added on - 21 Apr 2020

  • 5


  • 1421


  • 6


  • 0


Showing pages 1 to 2 of 5 pages
Running head: BERTHA MASON IN JANE EYREBERTHA MASON IN JANE EYREName of the Student:Name of the UniversityAuthor Note:
BERTHA MASON IN JANE EYRE1The passage centres round the character of Bertha Mason, the first wife of Mr.Rochester in Jane Eyre. It is a novel by the English writerCharlotte Bronte. The novel wasfirst published on 16 October 1847, bySmith, Elder & Co.of London, England, under thepen name "Currer Bell".At Thornfield, Mr. Rocehster, Mr. Mason and Jane climbed up the third story andJane comes to know that Bertha had bit and stabbed her brother in that room. He lifted atapestry for unrevealing a door. In that room she finds Bertha Mason and her carer GracePoole. Bertha tries to strangle her husband. In this novel she is an abused wife roughlyinterpreted as the mad woman in the attic (Pike 261). Years of confinement has contributed toher mental illness and increasing violence. Her insane and violet behaviour has becomefrightening to tolerate. She behaves like a beast crawling on her limbs and snarling like amonster (Wootton 25). She was imprisoned in the attic room for long 10 years under thecontrol of a hired nurse, Grace Poole. Bertha’s first introduction with Jane was described as,“it snatched and growled like some strange wild animal: but it was covered with clothing, anda quantity of dark, grizzled hair, wild as a mane, hid its head and face.”Thesettingplays an important role in the novel. The attic room described in the novelis a prison for Bertha where she has spent a long ten years of isolation, taken advantage ofPoole’s absence and harm others in the house (Pietrzak-Franger 268). The entry to the roomis secretive. The door is black and low which is opened by a master key. The secrecy of theroom records the shame associated with a mad wife from the perspective of Mr. Rochester(Giles 80). The room is tapestried, has a great bed along with a pictorial cabinet. Thisrepresents a typical Victorian room and does not match with the violent character of Bertha.Immediately after this picture, the reader come across a warning that reminds Mr. Mason of amemory of violence. The attic room had no window which clearly reveals that the humanliving there is not recognised as a human being. In the room fire is guarded also. Grace Poole
You’re reading a preview

To View Complete Document

Become a Desklib Library Member.
Subscribe to our plans

Download This Document