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ClassicLitChick
09-18-2007, 08:11 PM
I've read posts on a few different forums, and there was a large number of people who stated that they disliked Mr. Rochester. I happen to like him, but he really doesn't seem to have many fans. Is there anyone else here who likes him?

motherhubbard
09-18-2007, 08:23 PM
I like him

ClassicLitChick
09-18-2007, 08:35 PM
Yay! Mr. R needs more love! :D

sciencefan
09-19-2007, 07:59 AM
I've read posts on a few different forums, and there was a large number of people who stated that they disliked Mr. Rochester. I happen to like him, but he really doesn't seem to have many fans. Is there anyone else here who likes him?I like him.
I think he gets a lot of grief concerning his treatment of Bertha.
If we better understood the times they lived in, we would realize that his solution of caring for her in his home was actually the most compassionate choice he could have made.

He is a bit of a scoundrel for trying to justify polygamy. but other than that he's an extremely pathetic character and I definitely have a lot of compassion for his situation.

There's one particular film version where he is especially passionate and poetic and philosophical and romantic. I couldn't help but love him then.

All in all, it's a great love story.

LadyWentworth
09-21-2007, 06:10 PM
I like him.
I think he gets a lot of grief concerning his treatment of Bertha.
If we better understood the times they lived in, we would realize that his solution of caring for her in his home was actually the most compassionate choice he could have made.

He is a bit of a scoundrel for trying to justify polygamy. but other than that he's an extremely pathetic character and I definitely have a lot of compassion for his situation.

There's one particular film version where he is especially passionate and poetic and philosophical and romantic. I couldn't help but love him then.

All in all, it's a great love story.

I completely agree with everything that you said. I was actually going to write something along those lines!! That there is someone else in the world that feels exactly like I do about this man, makes me feel better!

I love him! The exact way that I would describe him has already been done with sciencefan's post. These are the reasons for why I like him. People tend to think I am crazy for it because of his wife, but I, too, feel that he did the best that he thought he could do to take care of her.

I always felt he was wrong for deceiving Jane, but at the same time I felt that he did what he did because he wanted her so much. He knew he wouldn't have her so long as his wife was still around. Is that wrong to go about getting her the way that he tried to? Of course. At the same time, that helps to make this already clearly unhappy man that much more pitiful to me.

Well, that is my feelings towards him.

ClassicLitChick
09-23-2007, 05:18 PM
Yay, there are others here who actually like/love him! I'm glad it's not just me having bad taste in men or something. *clings to Mr. Rochester* I <3 him :D

I agree that he does do some pretty despicable things, but he's human (well, actually he's a fictional character, but let's not get technical *wink*). Humans are flawed and make mistakes; Mr. Rochester is no exception.

LadyWentworth
09-23-2007, 06:19 PM
Yay, there are others here who actually like/love him! I'm glad it's not just me having bad taste in men or something. *clings to Mr. Rochester* I <3 him :D

I agree that he does do some pretty despicable things, but he's human (well, actually he's a fictional character, but let's not get technical *wink*). Humans are flawed and make mistakes; Mr. Rochester is no exception.

Ha! I like your way of thinking! :lol:

I plan on buying this shirt that says "Rochester > Darcy". I love it!! Though I have to admit to having a thing for Darcy, too, but he is NOT Mr. Rochester!!

enya
09-24-2007, 01:29 AM
Are you kidding!!?? I'm in awe of him and in love with him. How can you not be in love with a guy who sings a beautiful song to his beloved, as well as speak French (the most romantic language out there) :) True, he has his faults (his treatment of Adele, his moodiness, etc) but there is so much greatness, goodness, and passion within him that I cannot see why anyone could not like him, at the least.

SleepyWitch
09-24-2007, 01:41 AM
hey girls, I love him, too.
what shirt is this you mentioned Lady Wentworth?

plainjane
09-24-2007, 10:54 AM
He is one of my favorite characters in fiction. The scene right before he proposes to Jane where he speaks of a thread [or bond?] twixt the two of them if she goes off to Ireland, and he says that if it breaks he will take to bleeding internally just broke my heart.

A lovely man who did the best with what he had dealt him in life.

LadyWentworth
09-25-2007, 10:10 PM
OK. I tried to post and it completely disappeared on me! So, I will try again.

Anyway, there is the scene where Jane asks him about why he went through the trouble to convince her that he loved Blanche. With part of his reply I was completely taken by him.

"I wished to render you as madly in love with me as I was with you"

Tell me that isn't great!

I was 13 when I first read this novel. I love it just as much now as I did then, if not more.

I just remember thinking that I was more than willing to be a penniless, plain, waif, orphan who worked as a 19th century governess in a strange huge home. I just wanted to have this brilliant man. I was more than willing to look past his mad wife that was locked in the attic! I am so crazy! :D

Tillottama
09-27-2007, 04:58 AM
Mr. Rochester is perfect character. I admire his nobleness, magnanimity and charm. And of course his voice. I love him.

littlelit
10-01-2007, 03:17 PM
hey, i just love Mr. R. .
His wit and the way he talks to Jane is awesome, specially in the beginning when people never understand what they are talking about. How passionately he loves Jane!!! I am surprised everybody doesn't like him.
By far , he is in my list of the best fictional heroes.

Weisinheimer
10-03-2007, 07:00 PM
Mr. Rochester is great. I love his personality. His sarcastic humor, his passion, even his moodiness. I think there's just so much to him.
hmm, all this talk makes me want to reread Jane Eyre (again).

spacetoon
10-14-2007, 07:09 AM
I don't see anything in Mr. R except for his sharp tongue which is full of poetic-like words that he throws on Jane whenever he meets her. However, his coldness ( which I feel throughout the novel) really irritates me.

man-of-istanbul
10-24-2007, 07:54 PM
I completely agree with everything that you said. I was actually going to write something along those lines!! That there is someone else in the world that feels exactly like I do about this man, makes me feel better!

I love him! The exact way that I would describe him has already been done with sciencefan's post. These are the reasons for why I like him. People tend to think I am crazy for it because of his wife, but I, too, feel that he did the best that he thought he could do to take care of her.

I always felt he was wrong for deceiving Jane, but at the same time I felt that he did what he did because he wanted her so much. He knew he wouldn't have her so long as his wife was still around. Is that wrong to go about getting her the way that he tried to? Of course. At the same time, that helps to make this already clearly unhappy man that much more pitiful to me.

Well, that is my feelings towards him.

i am really surprised to hear these words from a female person because if you think the reason why Bertha went mad, the reason is Rochester's mistreatment of her.while she was a beautiful lady in her hometown Rochester took him as his wife and caused her to go mad and he left her alone in the attic till the last moment she made herself heard and if you look at the end of the novel Jane says" I married him" cuse now Rochester is in a similar situation like Bertha and he lost his sight because he must feel like her to understand her better but it is too late any more cuse Bertha is death.because of whom?

sciencefan
10-24-2007, 08:14 PM
i am really surprised to hear these words from a female person because if you think the reason why Bertha went mad, the reason is Rochester's mistreatment of her.while she was a beautiful lady in her hometown Rochester took him as his wife and caused her to go mad and he left her alone in the attic till the last moment she made herself heard and if you look at the end of the novel Jane says" I married him" cuse now Rochester is in a similar situation like Bertha and he lost his sight because he must feel like her to understand her better but it is too late any more cuse Bertha is death.because of whom?
Bertha was mad before Rochester married her. It ran in her family. Her mother was mad. They tricked him.

Duna
10-25-2007, 10:32 AM
I like the character so much :yawnb: . I think that his situation is very complicated with Bertha but I think that he is a good man with a desafortunated life. He loves Jane but he is married with a mad woman. She is violent, and Rochester have to conceal her. Itīs a dificult situation, isnīt it?

RobinHood3000
10-29-2007, 08:33 PM
Bertha was mad before Rochester married her. It ran in her family. Her mother was mad. They tricked him.So says Rochester, who is trying to rationalize himself out of a hot spot. I wouldn't take his story at face value.

I like Rochester more than anyone else in Jane Eyre, but he's not perfect by any means, especially after having read Wide Sargasso Sea. I will give him credit for taking care of Berthantoinette when he could just as easily have pushed her off the battlements and not gotten any guff for it, but my thinking goes thusly:

Rochester < Darcy < Rhett Butler

sciencefan
10-29-2007, 08:38 PM
So says Rochester, who is trying to rationalize himself out of a hot spot. I wouldn't take his story at face value....I DO take his story at face value. He has been justifying his actions to himself, and now he asks for the mercy of a lawyer and a clergyman. By the way, if Rochester was lying, the lawyer would have contradicted him. Placed in the context as it is, Bronte is now explaining Rochester's thinking to her readers.

RobinHood3000
10-29-2007, 08:56 PM
Bront&#235; herself was an Englishwoman with an evident (if subconscious) dislike for those not of English blood.

Wide Sargasso Sea changes everything.

Weisinheimer
10-29-2007, 09:03 PM
Rochester < Darcy < Rhett Butler

I would put them in the opposite order.

RobinHood3000
10-29-2007, 09:39 PM
Eh - to each their own. Rhett Butler gets points with me for his keen understanding of human nature and his no-nonsense attitude towards society around him (although one could argue that that is something all three men have in common). Rochester is a decent man at his core, but I get the feeling that Bront&#235; didn't originally mean for Jane to be with him. Darcy is a great fellow, but Rhett steals it based on cool factor.

LadyWentworth
11-01-2007, 12:33 PM
i am really surprised to hear these words from a female person

First of all, why am I the only one being quoted here? Other people praised him. I don't understand how my statement stands out. I am a little confused here.

Second, if I am going to pity someone (or be "on their side"), it isn't going to be based solely on the fact that it is a woman and I am a woman. If a person deserves my pity (or that I need to "side" with them), they will get it no matter who they are. I am not one of those women that will always take the woman's side.

Third, I am a sucker for the dark, brooding type. That is all. :)



Rochester < Darcy < Rhett Butler

I think I'd make it Darcy < Rhett < Rochester :)


Rhett steals it based on cool factor

That is exactly why I put him high on my list :D

Sofia102
11-07-2007, 03:34 AM
he is really awesome, though you can understand why people don't like him too much, with the whole being really rude thing, and the crazy wife.

but he's so sweet! i always get mad at Jane for not letting him buy her stuff!

and my favourite passage of all time: the proposal scene


"Are you anthing akin to me, do you think, Jane?"
...
"Because," he said "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near to me, as now : it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel came between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped ; and then i've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."


OH MY GOD ARE YOU BLOWN AWAY?!!!!!!!!!!

I SURE AM!!!!!

find me ANYONE who'll say that to me and i'll marry them.

littlegirl
11-08-2007, 05:55 PM
I luv him!!! he is so cool. especially in the bbc drama coz in it he is soooo hot!! i know he's not meant to be but please someone agree he is!!!!
xxxxx

Elizabeth1226
01-06-2008, 11:22 PM
I luv him!!! he is so cool. especially in the bbc drama coz in it he is soooo hot!! i know he's not meant to be but please someone agree he is!!!!
xxxxx

In most versions of Jane Eyre, I did not feel the attraction between Rochester and Jane. He is older and wealthy, and conveniently for him, she alone and penniless.

I have to agree with littlegirl, though- in the 2006 BBC version, Rochester is quite attractive, the chemistry between Jane and Rochester is strong, and his truly loving her is believable.