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Jane Bertha Mr Rochester and Evil It drew aside the window-curtain and looked out perhaps it saw dawn approaching for taking the candle it retreated to the door Just at my bedside the figure stopped fiery eyes glared upon me--she thrust up her candle close to my face and extinguished it under my eyes I was aware her lurid visage flamed over mine and I lost consciousness In this passage Jane tells the story of Berthas uninvited entrance into her room one night This short passage is exemplary of the constant likening of Bertha to something inhuman and monstrous in order to justify Rochester and his evil deed and Janes relationship with Rochester The passage also in the language used likens Bertha to Rochester himself and loosely parallels the relationship between Jane and Rochester through most of the novel The first word found in the passage is It It refers not to an object but to Bertha herself Jane by using this word instead of she has de-humanized Bertha She speaks of Bertha as a monster and states perhaps it saw dawn approaching forit retreated this reference to the fear of daylight connotes vampires wherewolves and other such nocturnal monsters thus further creating an image of a beast in place of a suffering woman Bertha once deemed insane was locked inside a tiny room since the medical men had pronounced her mad she had of course been shut up p292 This is stated simply and the term of course puts the humanity of the act out of question for the remainder of the book It is stated that to lock a mad woman up in a tiny room with little to no human contact for more than a decade is only the most reasonable thing to do The cruelty of this act is denied in the process of turning Bertha into a monster Rochester goes so far as to lay the blame on Bertha
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