1. What is it about Mr. Rochester that attracts Jane when she plainly states that she doesn't find him handsome when he asks her, “Do you find me handsome?” (pg. 149)? How does Jane’s view that “beauty is of little consequence” (pg 149) affect Mr. Rochester? What is it about their personalities that attract them to each other as well as the readers?
2. How has their relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester change when he told her that she “did not strike delight to my very inmost heart for nothing”? How will Jane do Mr.Rochester some “good in some way”? What is it that he’s hoping she will give him?
In your Primary Blog Entry, you should respond to the two questions above in a single entry. Your Secondary Blog Entry should respond to two of your colleagues' entries that are especially interesting to you.
Part One Expectations (respond to the prompt above): 200-250 words, 2 quotes from the novel, minimal errors in grammar and usage, thoughtful and thorough writing. Please use the assigned "pen name" given to you in class PLEASE FINISH BY FRIDAY NIGHT!
Part Two Expectations (read everyone's first responses, select two that interest you, and respond to their ideas): 100-150 words EACH, minimal errors in grammar and usage, thoughtful and thorough writing. Please use the assigned "pen name" given to you in class. FINISH BY SUNDAY NIGHT!
3/21/2014 07:24:19 am
Mr. Rochester is attracted to Jane and her disregard for beauty because he feels the same way about her. Neither of them is known for their physical attractiveness, but they possess more worthy characteristics. Beauty fades, but personality, values, and talents may stay with a person forever. It is cliché, but they see in one another their “inner beauty”.
3/22/2014 01:55:45 am
I agree with your arguments for why Rochester and Jane like eachother. They aren’t seeking someone who is beautiful (in Rochester’s case the addendum “anymore” is necessary but that’s irrelevant), but someone with characteristics they can appreciate. Your notion that audiences love romances seems to be spot on; after all, if they didn’t that Lifetime channel would quickly go out of business (since they deal purely in that field, although what they churn out tends to be drivel). Something tells me that there’s more to the idea of Jane dong Rochester “good in some way” than what you specifically said, but then again…this IS English class. Everything can be shallow or deep or both…ah, the annoyance of English’s ambiguity. Back on point, I like your pointing out of how Jane’s narrative changes after the relationship deepens, especially in noting that she tells more about her actions that relate to Rochester now.
3/21/2014 08:16:08 am
Jane is attracted to Rochester for the kindness with which he treats her. She has mostly been treated without warmth or kindness within her formative years (those being her initial youth), so she never grew up with someone being benevolent to her. Their personalities also mesh well together; Jane notes that, for Rochester, “it was his nature to be communicative…and I had a keen delight in receiving the new ideas he offered” (Bronte 167-168). The two form a sort of symbiotic relationship that draws them together – Rochester gets someone to confide in and Jane gets someone who will tell her stories she wants to listen to.
3/23/2014 06:21:34 am
I wonder what it is that Jane likes about Rochester's stories. I just find that he's pessimistic and talks too much!
3/21/2014 04:24:16 pm
3/22/2014 02:00:36 am
I think your arguments are well laid-out and supported nicely by the quotations you used. There is definitely something to arguing that Rochester likes Jane for her commitment to honesty and confidence. The dynamic that grows also suggests this…I’m starting to suspect at this point everyone is going to say in some way that the audience will start liking Jane, Rochester or both because of the dynamic, but that doesn’t make it wrong. I think the more passionate tone and the emotional attachment after the fire scene are just both manifestations of Jane’s mind: now that she has grounds to believe Rochester likes her (or at least that she loves him), she notices the little things that suggest this is true more and more. I almost agree with your last statement except that I’d argue they already feel the same way towards each other, and that Rochester merely hopes Jane will just tell him she loves him.
3/22/2014 09:54:49 am
I agree with this because I think emotionally and intellectually, Jane and Rochester are on the same page. The problem being that they are restricted by social class. They like each other because they can be themselves without judgment or consequences when it is only the two of them alone together. Rochester even points out that Jane is a good person to speak honestly with because of her willingness to listen. The audience will naturally support their relationship because they can see how good they are for each other. Jane is not only good for Rochester, he is good for her as well.
3/22/2014 10:12:34 am
Jane is attracted to Mr. Rochester more so of the confidence that he portrays instead of his appearance. When Mr. Rochester asks if she finds him attractive Jane implies that “it was not easy to give an impromptu answer to question about appearance; that tastes differ; that beauty is of little consequence,” (Bronte 149).We can further assume that Jane is more attractive to his character than his appearance because on page 151 she says, “I am sure most people would have thought him an ugly man; yet there was so much unconscious pride in his port; so much ease in his demeanor…that, in looking at him, one inevitably shared the indifference.” After Jane’s blunt remark, Mr. Rochester seemed a bit taken aback by her response, but he was rather more surprised and respected the idea that she spoke her mind.
3/23/2014 06:09:28 am
So they both like each other's confidence and brashness? That's an interesting idea.
3/22/2014 10:32:28 am
Jane is attracted to the confidence that bleeds out of Mr Rochester, he isn't attractive, confidence is the best thing anyone can wear. She replies to his remark of whether he was attractive to her or not, "t was not easy to give an impromptu answer to question about appearance; that tastes differ; that beauty is of little consequence,” (Bronte 149) She was able to be honest around the guy without any judgement, that was a quality of hers that he enjoyed. She is able to confide in him, as well as a person to listen to her chatter. Their relationship soon changes when Rochester admits that he indeed was attracted to Jane, “I might gaze without being observed, than my eyes were drawn involuntarily to his face; I could not keep their lids under control,” (Bronte 200) They have laced each others lives with one another. It's kind of one sided love story in a sense, cause Rochester seems as if someday Jane will have the feelings that he feels for her.
3/22/2014 02:41:08 pm
Jane is very frank with Mr. Rochester and seems to be very comfortable with him, which is why the answers slips out her mouth when he asks her the question. I noticed that Jane quickly tries to disregard her answer, but he doesn't let her really. "You ought to have replied no such thing. Beauty of little consequence, indeed! " (Bronte 149). I think their interactions are so genuine and honest, and it gives a bit of interest and hope for the reader.
3/23/2014 03:21:05 pm
I think the fact that they can talk to each other with no intentions on holding anything back is really refreshing. I really like the fact that Jane doesn't have to hide her feelings anymore, even though she tried to take back her answer. I also feel like Mr. Rochester's role is to now help Jane realize that she is a woman and she is able to speak her mind without having one of her tyrant cousins to come along and abuse her.
3/23/2014 01:48:49 am
At first, it was a mystery to me why Jane loves Mr. Rochester. I began to find clues in her hopes of being with Rochester more and more, but still, I couldn't understand; why would she possibly love someone who was moody and believed himself corrupt with reason and ordered her around and didn't even bother to say hello to her until she left the party room? Despite his flaws, Jane loves Rochester for their commonalities, especially their lack of outer beauty. She also sees him in a positive light, possibly to the extent of being deluded: "In my secret soul I knew that his kindness to me was balanced by unjust severity to others," yet Jane believed that his flaws "had their source in some cruel cross of fate" (168). I suppose that they're foils of each other in a way, and that for some reason opposites attract in this case; perhaps Jane wants to be less demure and more able to answer a question straightforwardly--to be more like Rochester. I'm at a loss, though, as to how their personalities attract them as a couple to the readers...all that I find interesting about them is Jane's silliness in loving someone of so different a class who I doubt she could ever be with.
3/23/2014 03:13:05 pm
I was also a little confused with the whole entire ordeal. The way I kept envisioning Mr. Rochester was of a man who found little of interest in everything. He also seemed to talk over her at times, if her answer didn't please him he'd just dismiss it and continue rambling. Like you mentioned about him not even bothering to greet her, I found that also a bit odd. In my opinion if someone didn't bother to notice me, what is the point in trying to give them my full and undivided attention. But I've come to my own conclusions that since Jane's never really been in the presence of another male, other than Mr. Brocklehurst, deep down she doesn't truly know how she's supposed to be treated by a male, and I guess she falls under the allusion that Mr. Rochester's attitude is normal. Oh, and also the fact that they're both not attractive makes her feel even more confident.
3/24/2014 07:28:09 pm
Mr. Rochester is attracted to Jane but not for her beauty. It is because Mr. Rochester is intrigued by Jane’s qualities. Mr. Rochester usually controls the women around him with his money. His money allows him to act how he wishes to act. When Mr. Rochester and Jane have the conversation about Adele he says “You never felt jealousy, did you, Miss Eyre? Of course not: I need not ask you; because you never felt love.” It is true she hasn’t really experienced any type of like not even from family. However the way he asked her a question and answered it without giving her the chance to answer it makes him look more superior. When Mr. Rochester asked Jane if she was attracted to him and she says no.This makes Mr. Rochester think that there is more to Jane than he thinks. Mr. Rochester says “there is something singular about you” This quote explains how Mr. Rochester is curious when it comes to Jane and wants to know more about her. The quote “beauty is of a little consequence” effects Mr. Rochester because the way he attracts women could get him into trouble..
im feeling 22
3/30/2014 12:42:43 pm
Jane, as corny as this may sound, will judge a book not by its cover but the books meaning n the inside. Jane sees Rochester as a strong and firm, but yet very mysterious man that she sees around the mansion. she notices that even tho he has a very macho persona that he is very soft and warm hearted on the inside, In which this catches jane's eye.
22 part 2 my bad!!!!
3/30/2014 12:46:05 pm
Rochester and Jane's relationship is growing stronger each and every meeting that they have. when Rochester says “did not strike delight to my very inmost heart for nothing," means that jane did not enter life with no reason in which they as a couple has to find a reason of why such a strong individual woman like jane entered his life and has all the answers to all his questions.
4/1/2014 03:34:09 pm
Jane is attracted to Mr. Rochester mainly because of the understanding they share for each other. It is not based entirely on looks but what is truly within. She adores Mr. Rochester’s personality and feels as though he understands her as well. “Beauty is of little consequence” (149); I feel like since Jane herself isn't incredibly beautiful that it makes up for the fact that Mr. Rochester isn’t extremely handsome. They are not unpleasant individuals but rather quite attractive yet not too appealing to the eye. Through their personalities we can infer that they are both reasonable individuals who value almost the same things. They share a similar mindset for almost everything making it easier for them to get along. When Mr. Rochester said to Jane that she “did not strike delight to my inmost heart for thing”, their bond became stronger even though he was a courting a young French dance. He was being a player but he later on realized that he felt closer to Jane than he did to Celine. Jane found herself becoming more attracted to him because he understood what she had gone through and the past and deserved to much more. He also re-insured her that he was not attracted to her because of her looks. He shows a sense of compassion to her which makes her feel safe in a way.
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