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How does Charlotte Bront develop the adult Jane Eyre through the presentation of the child?

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How does Charlotte Bront� develop the adult Jane Eyre through the presentation of the child? Bront� presents many of Jane's characteristics in her adult years through the development of Jane's childhood. The subtle hints of change in character are developed into more obvious changes throughout the course of her childhood - her abrupt change of environment and the change in affection given are all factors which allow Jane Eyre to develop some characteristics, and above all maintain others. Bront� exploits many techniques to present the child Jane Eyre's variable demeanour, such as the abruptness of her dialogue, the variation of the sentence structure, and the changing use of vocabulary to convey Jane's reaction to certain situations. Jane's neglect from love and her inquisitive and passionate demeanour are apparent in the first stages of the book, and form the basis of the adult Jane's character. Charlotte Bront� presents the child as resourceful, fiery and curious, and employs use of dialogue and events to suggest the child's development of character to that of the adult Jane. Firstly, Jane Eyre is presented as passionate and having a vehement nature, especially when confronting those who show very little kindness or sympathy. ...read more.

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After this outburst, Jane says "my blood was still warm; the mood of the revolted slave was still bracing me with its bitter vigour". This allows the audience to believe that Jane resists any figures who is dishonest about her character, and otherwise treats her, to an extent, unfairly. The image of warm blood tends towards her hatred of dishonesty and tyranny. The blood is warm. This suggests that Jane's demeanour violently changes when exposed to injustice, and that she is still pulsing with her passionate hatred of Mrs Reed. Furthermore, blood also connotes the image of vitality and life. Jane is now full of "vigour" for the events ahead, and has taken a new outlook on them, at Lowood. The connotations of "slave" are usually helplessness and misery. The fact that Jane has revolted Aunt Reed's tyranny demonstrates that she is now free of her injustice. However, the fact that Jane is now a "revolted slave" suggests entirely different connotations. Jane's victory, like a revolted slave's, will not last for long; this will only rid her of tyranny for a couple of days; Mr Brocklehurst will now become the dictator. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that above all else, Jane needs compassion and sympathy to become happy. The adult Jane, however, keeps this aspect of character. Her meticulous nature is shown towards Adele, her student at Thornfield hall. But this time, there is one significant change. Instead of asking for compassion, she gives it, and only passively asks for it; it is not essential to her livelihood, because unlike her childhood, she is no longer under the authority of Mrs Reed. In conclusion, I think Jane Eyre's passion fuels all her other main traits and forms the basis of all her characteristics, to develop into the adult Jane Eyre. Her passion guides her to follow her doctrine of endurance, and allows her to be reluctant to be passive. However, above all, Jane's curiosity is a guideline to how she develops into the adult Jane. It fuels her to try anything unfamiliar or different to her, and above all, moulds her intellectual capacity, determination and passion. Furthermore, Bront� uses all of these aspects to create the flaws and good points of Jane's demeanour. The abrupt nature of her dialogue, the variation of her sentence structure all convey her character and form the guidelines of how she will develop into an adult. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ?? ?? ?? ?? Jamie Warner 11M - Prose study ...read more.

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