Jane's Obsession with Love and Companionship
"I cannot bear to be solitary and hated, Helen. Look here; to gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me..." (pg. 69-70)
Love and companionship are an important part of Bronte's novel, but what is even more important is how much Jane longs for love and companionship. Throughout the novel, she desperately searches for acceptance in the form of a friend. In this passage, Jane's desire is clearly illustrated as she says she would do anything, including endure physical pain, for affection. Her longing plays an important part in Jane's growth and desire to be independent. Her desire for love is overcome by her need to be independent when Rochester asks her to be his mistress but she denies him. Even though Jane has finally found love with Rochester, she refuses to be put in a position where she is not Rochester's equal.