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Analyse and Compare the Events and Use of Language in Extracts from 'Jane Eyre' and 'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry' In this essay I am going to analyse and compare the events and use of language in extracts from 'Jane Eyre' written by Charlotte Bronte and 'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry' written by Mildred D. Taylor. In the extracts from 'Jane Eyre' there is a white girl of the age 10 who is getting threatened by John Reed, a boy four years older than her. T Jane gets bullied for other reasons as well as her status. She has no parents or money, as John Reed says "you have no money, your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not live here with gentlemen's children like us." She is therefore 'dependant' upon her aunt, in terms of being looked after and having her aunt paying for her needs. ...read more.

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The bullying to Jane and Cassie occurs to both of them as verbal and physical. Here is an example of Cassie from 'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry' getting verbally abused, "Ain't that the same little nigger was cuttin' up back there." It suggests hierarchy. Cassie is getting physically abused in the following example, "Someone caught it (my arm) from behind, painfully twisting it." Lillian Jean's father, Mr Simms is physically abusing her because she accidentally bumped into Lillian Jean. From the extracts of 'Jane Eyre', Jane is getting bullied, as she says, "he bullied and punished me; not two or three times a week, nor once or twice a day, but continually." Jane is explaining that she is getting punished by John Reed. Jane uses the words "not two or three times a week, nor once or twice a day" to emphasise how often she is getting punished. ...read more.

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She also says "I had purposely asked Big Ma to braid it into flat braids against my head." These two quotes prove that she had already planned her revenge. After leading Lillian into the forest, Cassie gets her revenge. "I had pinned Lillian Jean securely beneath me, I yanked unmercifully on her long, loose hair and demanded an apology." Cassie had hit Lillian Jean. She got her revenge physically. In conclusion, Cassie and Jane both got their revenge, but really it was pointless. Although Jane felt good about herself, "my soul began to expand, to exult with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph I have ever felt", she is still lonely. Cassie is still going to get racial remarks made to her. She was feeling good after she had got her revenge, but when Lillian asked bewildered, she was confused in why Cassie hit her. She said, "Cassie why? You was such a nice little girl..." Lillian Jean was really confused. Both girls had the same ending and soon realised that nothing had changed. ...read more.

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