Thornfield Hall is the next location where Jane becomes a resident.Physically, moving from Lowood to Thornfield Jane has changed her social status and gained both a little freedom and some independence in contrast to her life at Lowood. However it represents an extremley, diffcult path for her. Time here is like running through a field of thorns, they mark and scar her for life, but these moments spent here also entangled themselves around her heart. This place takes its commencement with Jane as a grown-up woman. The Gothic element here is enhanced as Jane makes her description: “Everything appeared very stately and imposing to me: but then I was so little accustomed to grandeur. The hall-door, which was half of glass, stood open; I stepped over the threshold. It was a fine autumn morning; the early sun shone serenely on embrowned groves and still green fields: advancing on to the lawn, I looked up and surveyed the front of the mansion. It was three stories high, of proportions not vast, though considerable; a gentleman’s manor-house, not a nobleman’s seat: battlements round the top gave it a picturesque look. Its grey front stood out well from the back ground of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion’s designation”.
When Jane arrives at Thornfield for the first time, she is immediately invited by Mrs Fairfax to come and warm herself by the fire place. Being welcomed so warm, Jane is overwhelmed by Thornfield’s warmth, her wish for a warm and hearty home comes true. Her quest for equality and independence is nourished when she realizes that Mrs. Fairfax treats her equally, she feels that her position is all the freer. Despite the fact that Jane now feels that she has found equality and freedom at this household, she cannot disregard the fact that she is still dependent, as long as she has an employer. The master of Thornfield is Mr. Rochester, he is the patriarch and is situated at the top of the social hierarchy. He appears in Jane’s life as the very essence of patriarchal energy, as a Byronic hero. Jane’s stay at his household increased her confidence, self-worth and integrity in herself. She achieves her personal progression, she believes that she is not only a dependent, she is a lady.Therefore, Jane shows Mr. Rochester that she is paid for taking orders, which means that this have nothing to do with who she is, it is merely her job. She becomes a woman who courageously forges her own career. By wanting to move forward she is in a way rebelling against the life as governess and what is expected of her. This emphasizes her strong ambition and her desire to move upwards in the class structure. Because of her increasing feeling of equality towards her master on the spiritual level, Jane begins to have feelings for Mr. Rochester. Even though he is out of her reach from a class perspective, Jane feels that they are alike. The newly found feelings for Mr. Rochester holds her back and clouds the mind so set on independence, “… wherever you are is my home – my only home. ” (Bronte, 216). Her whole life she was seeking for a home, and now she found it at Thornfield Hall. In his turn, Mr. Rochester describes Jane as his equal and likeness, he asks Jane to marry him. Jane lets go on herself and listens to her feelings. She chooses to trust the man that she has fallen in love with. But soon she is going to be disappointed and betrayed because at the church Jane is informed that “Mr. Rochester has a wife now living” (Bronte, 255) . His wife called Bertha, lives in the attic of Thornfield Hall and is responsible for the strange events at household, such as: the fire in Mr. Rochester’s room, the ominous bursts of murmur and laughter, the creeping sounds in the corridors at night-time.
Bertha’s persona has an essential role in Jane’s development. She is a representative of body and passion, of rage and anger. She shows them frankly through her destructive behavior. To develop and to mature completely, one must face different aspects that could happen in oneself and acknowledge both negative and positive emotions within oneself, as she does. Bertha could be considered as double Jane. Jane exhibited negative feelings and negative behavior itself at Gateshead and now she represents outwardly a calm adult and inwardly a passionate woman. She acknowledges the inevitability of their existence together. Bertha’s existence offers time for Jane to mature and to ponder over her values.Despite the fact that his wife is living, Mr. Rochester asks Jane to be his mistress, but she immediately refuses him, because she is conscious that being his mistress will be a form of slavery and dependency, a union that would not be based on equality.
Being aware of her worth and integrity, Jane again is rebelling against Mr. Rochester, she is taking back her own self and decides to leave Thornfield. Mr Rochester is not happy with her decision, he is trying to keep her passionately, almost violently, but he understands that she is a independent creature and there is no reason to force her to stay. Her instinct for self-perseveration forces her to leave her loved one and to progress even during hard times. Being pricked by thorns of love, life and by the actions of Mr. Rochester she is moving away with dignity, independence and self-worth. This idea is well drawn in her words:”I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself” (Bronte, 280). After the mental and emotional struggle she had suffered at Thornfield Hall, Jane moves forward to Moor’s house.