Analysis of the Function of Bertha in Jane Eyre

Jingrui HUI


This paper chooses Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mad wife as the object of analysis. This woman is always locked in the attic at Thornfield never appears on the stage openly. In fact, she works as another clue paralleling with the plot of the heroine. Bertha and Jane, just represent the two sides of women but they are forced to be spiritually split off under patriarchy. They are sisters and comrades in the struggle for women’s emancipation.


Bertha; Mad; Jane; Rochester; Irrational

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Brone, C. (2003). Jane Eyre (p.99, 279, 293, 287, 292, 297, 240, 104). Shanghai, China: World Book Publishing Company.

Showalter, E. (2004). A literature of their own: British women novelists from bronte to lessing. Beijing, China: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.



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