• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Choose three episodes in the novel"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte,spanning her childhood and adulthood,and explain how these episodes are important to the novel as a whole

Extracts from this document...


Choose three episodes in the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, spanning her childhood and adulthood, and explain how these episodes are important to the novel as a whole "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte was written in the 1840's and published in 1847. Like many Victorian novels, it is a long, complicated story, which has often been filmed and televised. It is written in the first person narrative, so we see everything through Jane's eyes. There are many elements of the novel to keep the reader turning the pages : Jane's strong character, Charlotte Bronte's detailed description of Victorian life, and a mystery at Thornfield House and, of course, the love story of Jane and her employer, Mr. Rochester. There are many elements of Jane's character and aspects of Victorian society, which are revealed throughout the story. One incident, which stands out is, Jane being sent to the Red Room, which happens in her childhood. Jane's life was harsh. She was punished cruelly by being sent to the 'Red Room'. Her cousin John Reed was unkind to Jane. In one instance he told Jane in no uncertain terms "you are a dependent," "you have no money - your father left you none." ...read more.


Brocklehurst is a vicar but he does not really act like a Christian. Mr. Brocklehurst tells Jane of an earlier incident in his life with a boy that would give up one gingerbread nut, to say a verse of Psalm. He then goes on to say that the boy gets two nuts in recompense for his "infant piety." This shows that Mr. Brocklehurst is not really very intelligent as Jane works out that the boy only said a verse of Psalm, as he knew he would get two nuts instead of one. Mr. Brocklehurst tries to frighten Jane in this part of the novel by using the idea of going to hell when you die if you are a bad person. "Do you know where the wicked go after death?" He tries to persuade Jane that hell is a bad place and he asks her is she knows how to avoid being sent to hell. Jane replies by saying "I must keep in good health, and not die." Mr. Brocklehurst knows this is impossible as he explained how he had once buried a child of five. ...read more.


"I will account for this state of affairs." This is probably because of the secret he is keeping from the whole of Thornfield House. As things like this had happened before he does not want people wondering what is up on the third floor. Mr. Rochester seems glad that it was Jane that had saved him because if it had been anyone else he would have felt awkward. "Nothing else that has being would have been tolerable to me in the character or creditor for such as obligation." This shows that Mr. Rochester feels comfortable and relaxed when he is with Jane. Mr. Rochester also shows Jane that he has respect for her, "Your are no talking fool." He knows that he can trust Jane, as she is not the sort of person that spreads rounds secrets and tells stories. This novel is a classic Gothic romance. Gothic is a genre that uses ingredients such as supernatural events, strange creatures, dark old castles and a gloomy atmosphere. Rochester's dark secret and the many unexplained events are typical of the Gothic genre. The descriptions of strange old furniture, mysterious laughter and accidents, such as the fire in Mr. Rochester's bedroom all add to the interest of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Jane Eyre - How has the character changed throughout the novel?

    She thinks of herself as still his governess; worries that he sees her only as an employee that has caught his eye, to be showered with gifts and romance for a time, then discarded, which is probably not completely untrue.

  2. The Real Charlotte - review

    Similarly, no pity is felt for her through her tone to her servant, Norry the Boat. It is highly intimidating as it is to all the native Irish, her social inferiors. When Norry tells Charlotte that her aunt is asking for Francie, Charlotte answers roughly, 'She knows as well as I do that Miss Francie's in Dublin'.

  1. Show clearly through reference to the novel, the development of Jane's character in Charlotte ...

    Mr Lloyd speaks with Jane about her life at Gateshead Hall. She opens up to him, and tells him of her neglect, and how unhappy she felt there, how each day was a struggle 'If I had anywhere else to go, I should be glad to leave it; but I

  2. By Looking Closely At The Central Relationship, Consider To What Extent Jane Eyre and ...

    This foreshadows the ending of the story where the narrator helps Maxim through his suffering when trying to come to terms with what he has done and when being accused as she 'comforted him' as he came to her to 'take his pain away'.

  1. Compare the presentation of Childhood in Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' and Laurie Lee's 'Cider ...

    As Jane Eyre and Cider with Rosie were written in different times, the main characters of the books seem to reflect the different times in history. At the beginning of the novel Jane Eyre is ten years old. She is an orphan and lives in a grand house with her aunt, Mrs Reed, and her three children.

  2. How does Charlotte Bronte depict Jane Eyre(TM)s childhood through the first four chapters

    The phrase "massive pillars" creates a feeling that everything inside the red room is bigger than Jane. After reviewing these few points of the red room, the reader can see a very eery and gothic atmosphere being created that creates fear in Jane.

  1. Choose three episodes in the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, spanning her childhood ...

    It is because of this that he is idolised by Mrs Reed. John also describes Jane as an animal several times but in reality he is far more like an animal. When she is hit she ceases her phobia of John and becomes angry, a "picture of passion".

  2. Examine the way in which childhood perspectives are created in Jane Eyre and Hideous ...

    In contrast Hideous kinky is set at the time where the women's liberation movement was at it fore and women were suddenly given more economic, social and sexual freedom. Consequently the author's views of the world are very different. Another contrast between the two books is there setting.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work