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Charlotte Bronte-Jane Eyre

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Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre How does Charlotte Bronte make us feel sympathetic towards Jane upon her treatment at Gateshead and Lowood? 1816, a legend was born. A legend known as Charlotte Bronte, now considered as one of the greatest female writers of all time. Bronte was one of five sisters but also had one brother. She was born in Thornton and was daughter to an Anglican Clergyman who moved with his family to Haworth, part of the Yorkshire Moors in 1820. After Charlotte's mother and two eldest sisters died, she was left with sisters Emily and Anne and brother Branwell. Charlotte and her other siblings were left under the care of their father and strict religious aunt, Elizabeth Branwell. Charlotte and her sisters had always been interested in reading and writing, even as small children. They would read each other short stories and poems and on occasions writing the smallest of novels on scraps of paper. All three sisters became successful novelists and poets and were forced to hide behind the pseudonyms, Curer, Ellis and Acton Bell due to the fact writing was not considered to be a career choice for women in Victorian times. Their true identities were revealed several years later. Some of Charlotte's novels included: Jane Eyre (1847), Vilette (1853) Shirley (1849) and The Professor (1857) The novel Jane Eyre follows a young girls life into adulthood in Victorian England and introduces the cruelties of her life trying to survive and live. ...read more.

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Jane was clearly very superstitious and probably believed in fate and fortune and of course religion and life after death, plus she had a very vivid imagination. The red-room had a dark, solemn and secret feel to it and Jane said, "solemn, it was known to be so seldom entered," which probably made it feel quiet, forbidden and secret. Jane felt a presence in the room and thought that it would be Mr. Reed. Jane screamed, so the servants and Mrs. Reed came but did not believe her and had no sympathy for her. When they left, Jane fainted. We feel a lot of sympathy for Jane at this point in the novel because she is trapped in a scary room for no reason, we would probably call this neglect nowadays. After a long chain of fights with her aunt and her children, Jane is sent off to a charity boarding school called Lowood Institution, which is for orphans. Jane suffered one of her lowest points here, hence the name Lowood. She seemed to enjoy learning but didn't so much enjoy the conditions of the school. Many of Jane's classmates fell ill and died there after an epidemic of typhus. We first begin to feel sorry for Jane at Lowood is when she first arrives. The day of Jane's arrival is windy, rainy and dark and she is led through 'unfamiliar', 'labyrinthine' halls until she reaches a 'large' room. ...read more.

Conclusion

She has an essence of strength, endurance and passion about her that Jane simply loves. Jane learns from Helen that she needs to change her behaviour and have more dignity and intelligence when dealing with a situation. We can tell Helen changed Jane further on in the novel; she is more peaceful and political than rebellious, especially when she tells Miss. Temple about the Reeds. Later, during the term, disease sweeps the school and Helen falls ill. Jane sneaks in to Miss. Temple's room, where Helen is staying, to see her; later Helen dies in Jane's arms. Jane ponders about the contrast of death inside the school to the beautiful outdoors. Here, Bronte compares death and new life, which makes us come to terms with what has just happened, Bronte paints the picture that Jane is feeling lost but yet should look on the bright side. We feel great sadness for Jane, especially when she was beginning to feel happier, yet again she is shot in the foot by the cruelties of life. The language Bronte uses is almost in a sense poetic and thoughtful, she uses beautiful adjectives to describe the wonders of spring such as 'free,' 'alone,' 'wild,' and 'majestic.' Jane's life was stained by the impurities of existence. Neglect, illness, death, sadness, anger and vengeance, but also filled with those of courage, love, intelligence, dignity and most of all...passion. 24/9/07 22:14 24/9/07 22:14 24/9/07 22:14 ...read more.

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