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Compare the beginning chapters of a pre 20th century novel: 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte with 'A kestrel for a knave' by Barry Hines.

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Wide Reading Pre 1914 text: 'Jane Eyre'- Charlotte Bronte Post 1914 text: 'A kestrel for a knave'- Barry Hines To compare the beginning chapters of a pre 20th century novel: 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte with 'A kestrel for a knave' by Barry Hines. Introduction In this essay I will be comparing the following two novels. These novels are 'A kestrel for a knave' by Barry Hines and 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte. I will compare the different aspects between these two novels. These aspects are about the home life, school life (relationship with other children that are their own age, and also the treatment they get from other teachers). Background and historical details: 'Jane Eyre' was published in the Victorian period when attitudes were very strict. The novel depicts a good woman capable of strong emotion and passion. 'Jane Eyre' was published in 1847. Charlotte wanted ignorant people to see the pain that she suffered in her life, for example her mother and sister's deaths. Charlotte went to a school like Lowood, so she was writing from memories, rather than what she had learned from others. ...read more.


John calls Jane dependant as she relies on Mrs Read as an orphan. "He bullied and punished me not two or three times in a week nor once or twice a day but constantly." Jane has no understanding of why she is bullied. Billy's relationship Jud is the same to Jane's relationship with John Reed. Both of these people are cruel, abusive and physically violent. They are both unsympathetic to the main characters. School Life Billy's school is a modern, strict, religious and comprehensive school. In Billy's school they sing hymns and the boys are more misbehaved than the girls. Good treat teacher is Mr Farthing; Mr Farthing is the only person who takes interest in Billy's home life. "That's on the reason why McDowell's always picking on me" this shows he is picked. Jane's school is an old fashioned boarding school for girls. It is far stricter "silence! To your seats." The school is also disciplined "Disciplined prevailed" In Jane's school there was poor health and living conditions. Jane's school is a religious school as they read their prayers, sing hymns and read the bible; the school is lifeless and dull. ...read more.


When Jane thinks she has been humiliated enough Mr Brocklehurst calls her a liar "this girl is a liar". The head teacher also tells the children and teacher to avoid he "You must be on your guard against her avoid her company... teachers. You must watch her..." what the head teacher is doing hear is trying to get the children and teachers against her. Characters response to the treatment Billy most of the time does not fight back when he is bullied. Billy is a victim of people's aggression but he does fight back when he is bullied by MacDowall. Jane Eyre is passionate and defends herself against Mrs Reed. But jane does not understand why she is bullied, she is treated badly and she is also neglected. Differences about the two novels 'Jane Eyre'- A love story and the relationship between Jane and Rochester is the main focus of the plot. The theme of religion and the nature of Christianity is explored in great detail. 'A kestrel for a Knave'- main themes include the natural world and the countryside close to Billy's home. Billy's character changes when surrounded by the natural world. Animals as part of the natural world are an important theme. ...read more.

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