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GCSE: Charlotte Bronte
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The past comes back to haunt Mr Rochester on his wedding day. Does the reader sympathise with him or do we sympathise with Jane?
We sympathise most with Jane in many ways. I feel that the main reason is because of her past life and experiences. She grew up in house where everyone seemed to hate her. She was told she had no living relatives. They treated her badly and gave her no respect. They then sent her to a dreadful boarding school. She wasn't given enough food and drink and her clothing was poor. Many people died including her best friend. The teachers were mean and cruel, except for one.
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What do we learn about Charlotte Brontes view of the nineteenth century system of education in Jane Eyre?
According to Bronte's biographers she's been to a similar school namely, Cowan Bridge School. She has used Lowood as a means to describe the education that was given or available rather as it's the only place that the poor could study in order to get a good education. Lowood was a boarding school. Children were expected to be grateful to what they received. This was partly a charity-school and children's parents or relations paid �15 a year although the children were called charity children. This is well illustrated when Jane asks "Then why do they call us charity-children?"
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How does Bronts characterisation of Jane Eyre prepare the reader for her momentous decision in chapter 27?
When Mr. Rochester proposed to Jane, the departing of the two was strongly foreshadowed when "[the tree] had been struck by lighting... half of it split away" (Ch.23). It shows how the two will fall apart like the tree. Following this description, the truth of Mrs. Rochester was later revealed and Jane forced herself to leave Mr. Rochester. There are also subtle clues like the veil being torn apart. Just as Bront� prepares us for this, she similarly prepares us for Jane's decision.
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Explore the ways Charlotte Bront presents the relationship between adults and children in chapters 1-9 of Jane Eyre
Many aspects of Victorian society, as well as being partly based on Bront�'s life, influenced the novel. During the Victorian era, English society was divided into three distinct classes-upper, middle and lower classes. The upper class consisted of the clergy and aristocrats, these were the most privileged as they didn't have to pay tax, whereas the other two did. Education was also divided with the upper class having all the benefits of the best education whereas the lower classes would be lucky to get any. This means that Jane was very lucky to get an education because she was an orphan.
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Instead of facing his problems or considering the consequences, Mr. Rochester locks Bertha away in the attic. Mr. Rochester demonstrates reckless abandon through his own selfishness of keeping Bertha hidden and a secret from Jane. When he and Jane become romantically involved, he continues to keep Bertha in secrecy and when he and Jane are engaged, he still does not confess his secret. Mr. Rochester demonstrates the human condition of reckless abandon out of foolishness from love.
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This shows that Jane does not live life like every other child. In the 19th century it was believed that children were very close to death. In 1830 almost half of the funerals in London were for children in the same way, Jane was a victim of this injustice. Moreover, Charlotte Bronte also uses pathetic fallacy again to show the immense torture Jane is tolerating; day after Jane is abused and thrown around 'dreary November day' shows that the environment around Jane is miserable and dead just like her.
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However the personification of the 'sombre clouds' could be a mirror reflection of Jane herself and how she feels. The reader can immediately notice that Jane is an unhappy child and that creates sympathy for her. The word 'so' is repeated twice the repetition emphasizes the misery that surrounds Jane or maybe it could suggest the brutality of the weather and so the harshness of Jane's predicament. Pathetic phallacy is used elsewhere many times in the novel again to create a setting which usually significantly reflects Jane's own state 'I studied the aspect of that winter afternoon, afar it offered a pale blank of mist and cloud; near a scene of wet lawn and storm beat shrub...
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These somewhat misogynistic words perhaps highlight the opinions that were held about women during the Victorian period. However, despite the barriers put up for women, the number of female writers increased greatly. The catch was that in order to be taken seriously, they had to write under male aliases. This includes Charlotte Bront�, who wrote Jane Eyre as Currer Bell and Mary Ann Evans who wrote Middlemarch as George Eliot two of the novels that we will be talking about. Jane Eyre Jane feels exiled and ostracized at the beginning of the novel, and the cruel treatment she receives from her Aunt Reed and her cousins only increases her feeling of alienation.
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The fact that Jane also describes the room as a chill, silent and remote, and of course that it was in fact 'in this chamber where he (Mr Reed) breathed his last' contributes to the gothic theme of the novel which prepares the reader for more paranormal occurrences later on, as well as associating the 'enemy' characters to Jane with the cold and chilling atmosphere of the red-room. Another example of description of gothic architecture and setting in 'Jane Eyre', is when Jane is being shown around Thornfield Hall for the first time - 'The large front chambers...
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Most are not considered to be handsome as this helps the reader to relate to them. The character which seems to meet all these requirements is none other than Mr Rochester. Rochester in certainly not considered to have what could be seen as good looks "with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognized his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw-yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.
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Short stories can often be didactic and seek to tell a moral truth. In short stories the beginning is key, it entices the reader and can immediately build up a sense of suspense to keep the reader interested and set the tone for the duration of the tale. Short story authors would have tried to create an opening which is very engaging for the casual reader. The authors would also have used different techniques in their story to give audiences satisfaction and suspense. It is important for me consider how the authors used these different techniques to create stories which vary greatly but convey a good sense of mystery.
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This creates sympathy for Jane as the readers would become empathetic about what life would be like imprisoned in a boring, miserable home with no day unlike any other, all of them the same tedious experience. Another major section of the novel showing this technique is in chapter two when Charlotte Bronte is developing the gothic description to explain the connotations of the 'Red Room'. 'The red room is a spare chamber', in which Jane Eyre has been sentenced to as a biased punishment from her aunt, Mrs Reed.
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This may portray the dimness in his face awaiting to be enlightened by a woman which, in this case Jane. Further on in this chapter, unaware of who he is, on her return home, Jane is amazed to discover that the gentleman she assisted in the road was her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester. Jane's future relationship with Rochester is most clearly set out in their first meeting. Although without any money, reserved and socially dependent, Jane is not afraid of this rather stern-looking man and approaches him confidently to offer her help.
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With special reference to the first nine chapters of Jane Eyre (Gateshead and Lowood) how does the novel fit the pattern of a bildungsroman? What elements of the Gothic literary tradition do we find in these chapters?
In the first chapter Bronte uses pathetic fallacy to set the mood (the environment sets the mood). She uses phrases like ". . The leafless shrubbery" and "Clouds so sombre and a rain so penetrating" The first quote reflects how Jane looks, skinny and maltreated. The next quote really emphasises Jane's mind set: she is sombre as well as the cloud looking so. When we meet the Reed family, they first appear as a happy loving family from which Jane is excluded.
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These schools were unpleasant, for example the windows were placed high to deter the children from getting distracted by the outside world, this meant a great problem in ventilation and the lack of fresh air often caused children to faint. Corporal punishment was favoured over any other, the "Dunce" caps placed on the heads of pupils in which their progress was not deemed as good enough. Teachers enjoyed humiliating the pupils as punishment, shown in Jane Eyre when Brocklehurst forces the young girl to stand on a chair for around half an hour just for dropping her slate.
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Jane perceives the journey as an obligation to return, she has no desire to return back to the household. Jane is also shown to be physically smaller to her cousins. John abuses this and targets his hate towards her. Jane's silent suffering shows her lack of support and defence. She is vulnerable and is forced to obey. John is violent and aggressive towards her, "Go and stand by the door". Her blind obedience is childlike, the punishment mocks her ability to defend herself.
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Examine the presentation of Jane Eyres childhood in chapter 1-8 and discuss the way in which Bronte creates sympathy for her heroine.
It can be argued that Jane would have been worse off without the reed family and also with at this part of the story. The author Bronte has used john as a consent reminder to Jane that she would have nothing without the reeds making Jane feel inferior to them, this creates sympathy for Jane as there's no one to look after her and to really care for her. Bronte creates sympathy from the reader as Jane is punished for the one thing that makes her happy and at ease.
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His family was against it and refused. Bronte shows us that parents were looking for beneficial marriages for their children. In this case, the marriage attempt was based on love but it was rejected due to the contrast in class. However, Georgiana and the Lord were determined to marry and eloped secretly together, yet their plan was foiled as Eliza informed Mrs Reed. Again Bronte here shows that it was difficult to marry for love as families were against it if there were no benefits.
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Jane speaks of when she was first introduced to Thornfield, she believed it would bring a promising and smooth career, her belief in this did not last long as she became familiar with the place and its 'inmates'. Bronte uses Jane's tone of voice to show us that Jane is bored of her new change. We can tell that Jane is not happy with her life at Thornfield. Jane goes onto describe some of the people at Thornfield hall, we don't know much about them but we soon learn about them, in order to get an insight as to why Jane feels bored because of them.
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It is, above all things, exact. The picture Charlotte Bronte draws of people and scenes are, in fact, unforgettable. Bronte indeed excels at character drawing. The beautiful Rosamond Oliver and the stately Blanch Ingram are set vividly before the reader; the bestial mad woman is shown with terrifying realism. As she excels at character drawing she also excels at scene drawing. The moorland over which Jane wonders; Hey Lane, in which she first meets Mr. Rochester ("I was a mile from Thornfield, in a lane noted for wild roses in summer, for nuts and blackberries in autumn, ... but whose best winter delight lay in its utter solitude and leafless repose"); the candle-lit room at Moor House into which the homeless Jane gazes, are all described so that they remain in the mind.
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Bronte was different from other writers. She wanted the reader to make up their own mind. Bronte shows that women can be smarter than men. "nor would john reed have found it out himself; he was not quick either of vision or Conception" Pg 5 In the novel Bronte uses irony, humour, emotive language and contrasts. In her writing style she shows the reader respect. In the Victorian era, women where not expected to become authors so when Bronte published her book she had to publish it under a man's name 'Currer bell' Women and Marriage was seen as important and it is one of the areas that is covered in the novel.
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Compare how Charlotte Bronte presents Jane Eyres oppression and her ability to overcome it at Gateshead with that at Lowood
When Jane Eyre was first published it was written under the name Currer Bell because no one would accept a woman's novel and interestingly Charlotte Bronte is sometimes known as one of the first early feminists. She relates to her own life in parts of Jane Eyre through drawing on her own experience at her own school of Cowan Bridge to create Jane's school named Lowood. This makes the novel semi autobiographical and adds a degree of authenticity. At Gateshead, Jane experiences oppression through the physical abuse she receives from her cousin John Reed.
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A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany" and dark atmosphere "daylight began to forsake the red room". The overall atmosphere created by this gothic setting gives the text more depth and therefore exerts a greater pull on the reader. Bronte would have wanted to draw her readers in as early as possible and adding this particular device so early on ensures this. Other examples of gothic setting include the "white, broad, lonely" moors "where the heather grows deep and wild to their very verge" when Jane runs away from Thornfield to the manor itself the most stereotypical gothic setting, the dark and mysterious castle.
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Reed would not tolerate amiability towards Jane), but in reality Bessie actually "likes Jane more than any of the Reed children". By the end of the novel Bessie and Jane are firm, lifelong friends. Mr. Brocklehurst is a reverend, a position often taken by men who practise what they preach, but Mr. Brocklehurst does not do this (his reverend status shows him in a positive light, but in truth, he is unjust and iniquitous). Mr. Brocklehurst teaches the young girls at Lowood School to "clothe themselves with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel".
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At Lowood school Jane found two true friends. Helen Burns, her first friend, and Miss Temple showed Jane the first bit of love she had ever known. At this point in the novel the reader understood just highly Jane regarded this. 'If others don't love me I should rather die than live - I cannot bear to be solitary and hated, Helen. Look here; to gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willing submit to have the bone in my arm broken, or let a bull toss me,' This is why it is such an emotional moment in the story line when Jane decides to leave Lowood school.
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