Concord in Jane Eyre
Women in Literature
11 February, 2016
Concord in Jane Eyre
As I was reading Jane Eyre, I came across this passage:
I have now been married ten years. I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest—blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward’s society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do of the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in character—perfect concord is the result” (Bronte 420-421).
Although, I did not understand what the word concord meant. I wanted to learn more about it so I found that concord is a noun meaning “a state in which people or things agree with each other and exist together in a peaceful way” (Merriam-Webster). It relates to the world of the novel because concord was commonly used in the eighteenth century. However, the first known use of the word was in the fourteenth century. The origin is from the Latin word Concordia to the old French word Concorde to the Middle English word concord. Some synonyms include compatibility, harmony, and peace.
Concord reveals that Rochester changed throughout the novel. Rochester grew as a person and became a better man to Jane. It is significant because in this case, Jane and Rochester’s relationship is being described. Charlotte Bronte references it to show how far Jane and Rochester have come since first meeting each other. When we were first introduced to Rochester, he was a jerk. He lied to Jane and had secrets. Rochester led Jane to believe things that were not true and tried to force Jane to be somebody she was not. At the end of the novel, we see Rochester as dependent upon Jane to take care of him due to losing a hand and his eyesight. Jane feels equal to Rochester instead of him being her master. She is able to be herself without the pressures of the lifestyle Rochester used to live. Jane can be her own person and stay true to herself and what she believes in. Though being married, Jane is free and has found happiness. Someone finally showed her what true love is.