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Considering the attitude of the time, to what extent is Jane Eyre presented as both a victim and a remarkable woman?

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Considering the attitude of the time, to what extent is Jane Eyre presented as both a victim and a remarkable woman? The character Jane Eyre is certainly not the archetypical Victorian woman. Bronte presents Jane as an extraordinary, independent and strong minded character, yet in her early life she was beaten, cast aside and ostracised. Throughout Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre overcomes her painful childhood and becomes a clever and inspiring woman who adheres to her morals and beliefs when denying herself love. Bronte opens the novel with Jane's difficult and cold life at Gateshead which ensures that the reader sympathises with her.. Bronte creates a dark, sinister and dismal scene with her use of language and imagery which mirrors Jane's experiences up to that point in the novel. The use of pathetic fallacy is enforced in the first paragraph of the novel to set the mood as 'the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and the rain so penetrating'. Its melancholy and coldness staples itself to the reader and Jane's sadness and neglect portrays through this. The reader further sympathises with Jane as she suffers 'coming home in the raw twilight' which symbolises her solitary life. ...read more.

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Bronte employs determination, bravery and desperation within Jane when she insists on giving Helen 'one last kiss, exchange with her one last word' to put Helens feelings first, despite her illness. Although losing her friend make her a victim, it also puts her in the position of a remarkable person as she shows the can cope with tragedy and be a strong minded character causing her to be far from the typical Victorian child. Furthermore, Bronte humiliates and isolates Jane through Mr. Brocklehurst's untrue accusations of Jane in front of the whole school when he announces that 'this girl is a liar', victimising Jane while he hides behind a respectable character with a strong religion; this makes Mr. Brocklehurst hypocritical in his views as he follows the Christian way, but how he treats Jane and the rest of the students is certainly not how Christians should act. Jane is ostracised and rejected by the 'Christian' Mr.Brocklehurst, Bronte employs the use of a metaphor when Mr. Brocklehurst declares Jane as 'not a member of the true flock', reflecting how she felt at Gateshead and to convey her ongoing aloneness and ill treatment. In all aspects, Jane 'would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations, for Gateshead and its daily luxuries.' ...read more.

Conclusion

John Rivers, Jane also responds immediately to Rivers' proposition making her very decisive and doesn't need time to think about it as she already knows what she wants, this action is also shown when she says 'I am not fit for it: I have no vocation'. Jane's actions are ones that mirror Mr Rochester when he does not engage Blanche as he does not love her as he does Jane, showing his strength in character and social rebellion. Bronte ends her masterpiece with Jane finding her love again, that she denied herself when she walks away from Rochester and Thornfield after she realises Rochester is already married, in chapter twenty-seven. Bronte opens the final chapter with 'Reader, I married him', this is a famous and iconic line in the novel that portrays how remarkable Jane Eyre is, by her saying she married Mr. Rochester rather than Rochester marrying her. Bronte then skips ten years into the future and Jane declares to 'know what it is to live entirely for and with the one I love best on earth', this makes her extraordinary and unusual as in the Victorian era you were expected to marry for social reasons and not for love, and Jane feels privileged in this. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Molony ...read more.

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