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  1. Describe how Jane Eyre and Shirley Valentine achieve independence and discuss how texts and characters are similar and how they differ.

    This kind of behavior by Jane was showing an outside change in Charlottes world as the suffragettes were starting to make a change to society, as a few years before this kind of outburst by young women would never have been seen and definitely not tolerated. So I think this was a way for Charlotte Bronte to show that the world was changing and this was not a classic gothic novel of which we see evidence later in the text.

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  2. Romantic poetry and ninetheenth century novel - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

    In 'Jane Eyre' Jane often makes choices that lead to her isolation, she chooses to leave Thornfield and is destitute and she often chooses to conform to convention even though she doesn't believe in what is expected of her. As I have briefly mentioned it is interesting that the events in the novel and the poem mirror events that both Bronte and Wordsworth experienced in their respective lives. Wordsworth himself also appeared to prefer his own company and this is a characteristic that began in his early childhood.

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  3. I am now sitting in the coach after leaving Thornfield. Since the journey is rather long I thought I should take some time to catch up with my diary. I am feeling very upset and quite confused. I am still trying to get my head around today's events.

    I could not understand why he was in such a rush to get to the church. We made our way into the dining room where he told me I looked as "fair as a lily, and not only the pride of his life, but the desire of his eyes". I felt so special when he said this and knew that today was going to be the greatest day of all my life. He gave me but 10 minutes to eat my breakfast, then we were met outside by one of his lately hired servants.

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  4. Comparing and contrasting 'Jane Eyre' to 'Lord of the Flies'

    Jane doesn't even want to go near the red room and is quite happy to forget about the possibility of a ghost. Jane is disliked by the people around her (the Reeds). This is just like Piggy in the way that they are both disliked by the people around them. They have nowhere else to go so they must endure the agony of being hated. Jane reads a lot of books and in 'Lord of the Flies', when the boys first arrive on the island they compare their situation to the books that they have read i.e.

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  5. Jane Eyre - During this journey, Jane goes through the battle of education vs. containment, where she attempts to learn about herself and about the world

    They had a dull uniform and were described as wearing, "Brown stuff frocks of quaint fashion, and long pinafores". The girls were also not allowed to have long curly hair if they did it would have to be cut. The rooms in Lowood are big and cold, the girls of all ages are taught in the same room. Jane Eyre's first day starts with dinner, which was a mug of water and a thinned oaten cake. After this she had to go to bed, all the girls slept in the same room described as being a long schoolroom full of beds and had two occupants to each bed.

    • Word count: 1264
  6. Mr Rochester's Diary

    I moved slightly, but did not turn my head and told the priest to proceed. Of course the priest had to investigate the situation and it was then that he truth about Bertha Mason, my so-called wife was revealed. I didn't think they had any proof that Bertha was still living but the lawyers witness then came forward and to my horror, there stood Mr Mason! I raised my arm and would have knocked him down right then if I could but I was reminded of where I was, in the house of God.

    • Word count: 1195
  7. Jane's Diary

    I could not believe what I was hearing; everything was such a blur. Mr Rochester is already married to a woman named Bertha Antoinetta Mason and is she is living at Thornfield! "My nerves vibrated to those low spoken words as they had never vibrated to thunder- my blood felt their subtle violence as it had never felt frost or fire; but I was collected, and in no danger of swooning." At first Mr Rochester refused to see what was being accused of him, but "I felt the spasmodic movement of fury or despair run through his frame."

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  8. Jane Eyre

    There were no luxury items there all plain and simple. Miss Temple was told off about giving the children Bread and cheese, which was considered bad for the soul. The education the girls received was not very worthwhile. They had to learn parts of the bible off by heart. They had Grammar and History and some were taught French. Miss Scatcherd is a very strict teacher who follows the guidelines of Mr Brocklehurst and always sees the bad in people not the good.

    • Word count: 1568
  9. 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' by Helen Fielding are excellent novels, which explore the complexities of human nature and provide an insight into the social conventions of each era.

    Jane is then sent to a dreadful school, Lowood which is a orphan school which is funded by charity. An orphan school in the 19th century would be tatty and not in proper conditions for any child to be in. Most children in the 19th century who went to orphan school came out if lucky either very ill or died while in the school. Jane experiences a death while at school one of close friends die. She then later on falls in love and is about to marry when it appears that the man she is to wed is already married and his wife lives in the same house with her.

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  10. Jane Eyre - Compare and contrast St John's proposal to Jane with that of Rochester's and the effect they have on Jane.

    She also tortures Rochester but at the end she falls in his arms. From the very beginning St John's proposal seemed oppressing. St John as he starts his proposal he is being presumptuous. He asks Jane what does her heart tells her and when Jane says her heart is mute. St John responds to that by telling her will speak for her heart. That answer is presumptuous and selfish. How can he expect to win a woman's heart with that behavior? . Throughout his proposal St John is passionate and talks with great zeal for God, heaven etc.

    • Word count: 1063
  11. Discuss Bront's presentation of the character

    This description is more significant because Helen has said it, and she herself is extremely mature. One of Miss Temple's most outstanding qualities is her ability to command (perhaps unconsciously) respect from everyone around her, "considerable organ of veneration, for I yet retain the sense of admiring awe with which my eyes traced her steps". Even during their first encounter Jane is "impressed"... "by her voice, look and air". Jane arrives at Lowood as a passionate little girl, who is deeply resentful of her aunt and cousins, but due to the influence of Helen Burns and Miss Temple's example, Jane learns to control these feelings, and be happy, "I had given in allegiance to duty and order"...

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  12. How does Charlotte Brontë show hardship in her portrayal of childhood in Jane Eyre?

    The mood and contrasts are scarier and darker compared to the lonely yet light exterior world of the moors and Gateshead. Lowood the cheap boarding school Jane is sent to is more of a stricter, intolerant setting but in a uniformed, and disciplined way. It also has a cold and spacious contrast, along with a cruel mood. Bront� portrays the Reed children as well dressed, well fed, happy and overall spoilt by Mrs Reed. " The said Eliza, John, and Georgina were now clustered around their Mama in the drawing Room."

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  13. Examine the theme of Imprisonment in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - with specific references to Jane, Bertha, Rochester and St. John Rivers

    Terror overcomes her, as she is a young girl and a victim of her own imagination. Jane wanted to go to school because it would mean her leaving Gateshead. 'If I had anywhere else to go, I should be glad to leave it.� When Jane is sent to Lowood I think she sees this as an escape, but herself, Helen Burns, and the other pupils at Lowood are all, in fact, imprisoned. I don't think this is as mentally bad as Gateshead, because Jane is happier and enjoys her friends company, especially Helen Burns. However, physically, Jane is imprisoned, because there is nowhere for her to go during the holidays, therefore she must spend all her time there.

    • Word count: 1033
  14. The Diary of Jane Foster

    and cars just because their D.N.A is "better" than everybody else's, anyway in Chumley it doesn't matter there is only one Class 1 family and they live in what's left of Apsleigh Towers. I know that it has been rebuilt after the awakening but it obviously was never the same, and hey, if it would of survived it would be 560 years old now! Anyway the president is about to make another speech in a minute and I can't wait to see what more rubbish comes out of his mouth, so I am going to stop writing.

    • Word count: 1273
  15. How are ideas about religion examined through the characters of Mr Brocklehurst, Eliza Reed and St John Rivers?

    One of the main characters in the novel St John Rivers also leaves a very religious life. St John Rivers only admitted passion is his religion and that is why he devotes his life to God and urges Jane to do the same, although she is never convinced to. Mr Brocklehurst, the fearsome headmaster of Lowood School, uses his religious beliefs to control others. He lets people think that everything he says is true, and that if they are bad they will go to hell. By enforcing this fear, he gains control. Mr Brocklehurst tried to do this with Jane when he said to her on their first meeting "do you know where the wicked go after death?"

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  16. In what ways is Jane different from other women in the novel? Why did one reviewer feel that Charlotte Brontë had “forfeited the society of her sex”?

    (Helen Burns talking to Mr. Rochester). Helen tried to teach Jane that it was important to forget wrongs that had been done to her. Maybe this helped Jane to move on emotionally from those difficult early years at the hands of Mrs Reed and forgive her (her forgiving side is shown when she revisits her later on in the novel). Jane certainly admires the patience and strength of character that Helen shows. Jane developed deep love for Helen and sadly Helen died in her arms.

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  17. Consider the Influence of Gothic Fiction upon pre 20th century and 20th century texts

    Mrs Reed and Jane's cousins saw her as an intruder, she did not belong at Gateshead, she was not worthy, she was only a poor and plain orphan child who they disliked and bullied. Jane's situation and depression was often reflected in the narration, she talked of books she engaged in, they reflected her mood in the house. 'desolate coast', 'cold and ghastly moon', 'haunted and quite solitary churchyard' all echo the atmosphere of Gateshead hall. The Red Room is a key theme to the gothic fiction used in all three texts, in Jane Eyre it allows the reader to

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  18. Comparing the relationship between Jane Eyre and her cousin John Reed.

    Therefore, John, in contrast to Jane is superior in strength, age and mind. A point to remember is that the story is told by Jane, from Jane's point of view, so the descriptions of John are most likely to be biased and not completely true. One of the reasons why John treats Jane like this is the fact that in the nineteenth century females were inferior to males. Sons treated even mothers as their minors. The role of women in the nineteenth century only changed late into the century where because of the changing pace of industry, more and more

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  19. Show how the writer enlists the sympathy of the reader for Jane in chapter one of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

    We get to see things as she seen them and experience things as she did. "I fell, striking my head against the door and cutting it. The cut bled, the pain was sharp: the terror was passed its climax: other feelings succeeded." Clearly the author is able to enlist our sympathy more directly by using this technique. In the opening sentence, the writer makes us feel sympathy for Jane by saying, "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." This is because of the weather, which is dull and wet. Charlotte Bronte is using the setting to enlist the sympathy of the reader.

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  20. How does Charlotte Bronte convey the intensity of Jane’s experience in the red room?

    This tension and its source are apparent in the novel from its very first chapter, when Jane is tormented and punished by John Reed and his hateful mother. As a penniless orphan forced to live on the unwilling charity of others, she is a second- class citizen, in some ways below even the servants 'you are less than a servant, for you do nothing for your keep', who certainly have no obligation to treat her respectfully. Her banishment to the red-room illustrates her inferior position with regard to the rest of her privileged household.

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  21. Jane Eyre Coursework

    Pollution increased, working conditions were harmful, and capitalists employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours. In Jane's society a small agricultural community would still be more or less governed by a lord of the manor. The social structure was largely well - ordered and accepted. On the whole it was reasonably fair and humane. Such was the society in which Charlotte Bronte grew up and such is the setting she provides for her heroine. In Charlotte Bronte's time women would use marriage to gain money and social status.

    • Word count: 1315
  22. To what extent does Jane change throughout the course of the novel?

    Indeed, in her childhood, she was deprived of love and justice, and these two things are what she craves in later life. She is treated as an inferior to the Mrs Reed and her children and often rebels against this injustice but can only be punished for it, "I told you not to go near her; she is not worthy of notice; I do not choose that either you or your sisters should associate with her"/ "They are not fit to associate with me".

    • Word count: 1260
  23. Who is responsible for the obstructionOf Jane and Rochester’s marriage?

    This quote is the part in the novel where Rochester reveals Bertha to Jane. This is also the chapter where everything comes out about Bertha, and due to this, they cancel the wedding and Jane runs away. Another reasons Rochester is to blame is because he kept Bertha in the attic of his house, and no one knew she was there apart from her keeper Grace Poole. This shows that he took advantage of the trust Jane had for him. Rochester knew Jane trusted him, and used it to his advantage. This is one of the reasons to blame Rochester for the obstruction of the marriage due to the fact that he lied to her, and misused her trust.

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  24. Jane Eyre

    The eyes darting around, opening and closing, the horrified look in his eyes mirroring her own emotions. The language used in this section shifts from the previously almost overly descriptive to very brief synopsis of what her anxious mind can hold on to. The short sentences all dutifully begin with 'I must' which the reader should expect from the character of Jane Eyre that we have gotten to know up to this point. This dutiful stream of thought ends with her looking at the religious aspects of the room finally looking upon the 'dying Christ'. She starts seeing things that aren't there but are perceived through the low flickering light and her anxiety.

    • Word count: 1275
  25. Jane Eyre and Gothic Literature

    Jane's troubled life is described to us, she tells us about the fact she is an orphan and that she now lives with her aunt and her cousins neither of which she gets on with. Her joy for literature got her into many scrapes at Gateshead hall, we are told about one time especially, when john hit her this happened many times but this time was special she judged when he was going to hit her again and struck out first, this filled her with fear and also the reader.

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