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Analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathise with Jane Eyre in the opening chapters of the novel

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Analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathise with Jane Eyre in the opening chapters of the novel In my essay I am going to analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathise with Jane Eyre in the opening chapters of the novel. 'Jane Eyre' was written by a female named Charlotte Bronte and was published in 1847, but used a male name, 'Currer Bell'. In the section of the book; 'Charlotte Bronte's life' it says, 'it was difficult for anyone to have a book published it was next-to-impossible for a woman.' The novel is about a typical poor girl of whose her parents have died, leaving her to live with her Aunt Reed, creating much empathy from the reader towards Jane Eyre. The story is based on charlotte Bronte's life as a child, as she was brought up by her Aunt, due to her mother dying whilst charlotte Bronte was very young and her two sisters also died, and she was in very poor health. In my essay I will also analyse language devices like emotive nouns, verbs and adjectives and how they sway the readers emotions. The novel opens with Jane Eyre persuading the reader to like her. In the opening paragraph of the story 'Jane Eyre', Charlotte Bronte already uses words which give a negative atmosphere, as she says 'wandering indeed of the leafless shrubbery' also the word 'wandering' could be associated with being lost. Charlotte Bronte also uses pathetic fallacy in the opening paragraph of the novel, as Jane Eyre says 'rain so penetrating', the rain can't really go through you, it's not really going through Jane. ...read more.


For an example of how master John Reed talks to Jane Eyre, 'and for the look you had in your eyes two minutes since, you rat!' this is not a very nice way to talk to someone, and the word rat is usually associated with the words disgusting, dirty, vermin, diseases and scavenger and for a child to say that to another is not a very nice thing to do. John Reed is a very demanding child as he was asking her questions like 'what were you doing behind the curtain?' and Jane answers really honestly 'I was reading' she just gave a simple answer as she is scared of him so won't dare be cheeky to him. 'Show the book' he replies, making the reader feel empathy for her as he is being so demanding towards her but she just takes it and hands over the book. 'You ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen's children like us, and ... ' this shows the reader that Jane is unwanted in the family, especially by John Reed. It shows that she's really low down in the family and you can't get any lower than being a homeless beggar, that's how low John Reed thinks of her. Then he goes on to talk about the house going to be his, this shows that he hasn't a care in the world, even about his mum, as the house will be his when his mother dies. He says 'all the house belongs to me, or will do in a few years.' ...read more.


She then goes on to say 'I wiped my tears' making the reader feel sorry for her as she isn't in the wrong and hasn't done anything wrong so shouldn't be punished. Jane Eyre seems slightly disturbed and obsessed with death as she is talking about 'dead men'. Then Jane Eyre believes something is near, 'a light gleamed on the wall. Was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind? No; moonlight was still, and this stirred;' it was almost as if her mind was playing tricks on her and it was slightly superstitious. She may feel that something's coming to get her, as she's alone and scared. Towards the end of chapter two Jane Eyre says to her Aunt Reed, 'O Aunt! Have pity! Forgive me!' makes the reader feel sorry for her as she is only a ten year old child, begging her aunt to forgive her, its not often that a child of the 21st century would have the need to do that. Overall, I feel Charlotte Bronte has created empathy in the novel as I felt it towards her. The way Charlotte Bronte used a poor girl, with a rich family really worked well, as the rich family looked down upon Jane Eyre, (the poor girl) and that's what people did in the 19th century, and some still do it today, but not as much as then. Charlotte also used excellent use of emotive language, as it created empathy from the reader. The first two chapters of the novel has made me think more about the children with no parents, living with family or friends that don't really want them around! They must feel down and negative all the time. ...read more.

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