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Analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathize with Jane Eyre in the opening chapters.

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Analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathize with Jane Eyre in the opening chapters. Reflect on how the novel portrays Victorian ideology and relate your analysis to the novel's literary context. In this essay I shall analyse the methods which Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathise with Jane Eyre in the first chapter. I will reflect on how the novel portrays Victorian ideology. Charlotte Bronte's literary context in this chapter makes the reader empathize with Jane. Firstly the use of pathetic fallacy, relating to landscape and weather, emphasises the bleak, sad, lonely life that Jane leads "humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority". Perhaps "The cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre" reflects the empty unloving environment that Jane is growing up in. Furthermore "in the leafless shrubbery" reflects the bareness of her existence. When Jane is reading in the library the author chooses a book Bewick's History of British Birds which is a book full of references to isolation and coldness "those forlorn regions of dreary space- that reservoir of frost and snow". ...read more.

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He also hits Jane and tells her it is "for the look you had in your eyes two minutes since, you rat". This shows that John considers her to be a female of much lower social status than himself. John is shown to represent Victorian ideology in his behaviour towards Jane. This is shown in his angry response when he discovers Jane has taken a book to read "they are mine; all the house belongs to me or will do in a few years". In Victorian times the man of the household had total control over women's lives. Since John does not have a father he is in charge of the household. This is reflected in his mother's response when Jane is unjustly accused of attacking John. She says "take her away to the red-room and lock her in there. Mrs.Reed cannot accept any wrong-doing by her son and just assumes that Jane is guilty. She treats John indulgently, taking him out of school for a month or two "on account of his delicate health". Yet Jane's description of him "he gorged himself habitually at the table" and further that he had "flabby cheeks" indicates that this is not the case. ...read more.

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This is one reason why women were not allowed to vote. The man of the household took responsibility for deciding which political party would suit him best. Women in Victorian times were often described as being hysterical and we do see that Jane becomes hysterical. "you are like a murderer- you are like a slave- driver- you are like the roman emperors" but surely Jane has been driven to this emotional state by Johns brutality and constant beatings. Jane Eyre as a novel progresses from the 17th, 18th, 19th century. In the 17th century novels was mostly about illicit love. This is not the case with Jane but she does eventually fall in love with someone who is married. But she doesn't know this and only after his wife's death does Jane marry him. 18th century novels were mostly about characters who were morally good and were very aware of their surroundings and had kind hearts. In the 19th century novelists very often used nature and landscapes to show the depth of characters feelings. So these landscapes can be said to be psychological landscapes which tell us about the life of the characters as well as where they live. This is very much the case with Jane Eyre. ?? ?? ?? ?? Oliver Sade English Coursework: Jane Eyre Mr.Sweet ...read more.

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