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GCSE: Charlotte Bronte
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However, when the reader reads further, the audience discovers that Jane is not as we originally thought - quite the contrast. Comments are made when 10-year-old Jane retaliates to Master John's abusive behaviour towards her. "Dear, dear! What a fury to fly at Master John'' "Did ever anybody see such a picture of passion!" Though quite young, the audience recognises that she is a strong character with a well-developed sense of what is right and a strong sense of injustice, which leads to her fight with John Reed.
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Jane is also jealous of Mr. Rochester's relationship with society, something he wants Jane to be part of, but she doesn't as people like Blanche look down on her status as governess. This is further proof of Jane's growing feelings and affection for Mr. Rochester. In their first meeting at Thornfield Hall he asked her "do you find me handsome?" to which she, confused, blurted out "no, sir" in reply. However, now she says "his face was the object I best liked to see" and "his presence in a room was more cheering than the brightest fire" After he has told her his story, he stops talking about the sensitive subject of love and moves onto the weather.
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In the novel the protagonist is Jane Eyre. She is a ten year old girl who is abused, bullied and alienated by her three cousins and aunt. Her cousin John Reed is the worst of all as he treats her like a piece of dirt. It's like she is the piece of dirt and he is the Hoover sucking up all her desires and ambitions. He also physically abuses her, for example, in the first chapter Jane has an outburst and expresses her true feelings towards John, as a reaction he turns and launches a book at her.
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He is responsible for her acts and she is under his protection. All of the wife's personal property before marriage is her husbands to reassign as he wishes and he retains this power even in death or separation. Marriages are indissolveable and bigamy, which Jane comes close to committing, is felony and punished by transportation. Effectively women were inferior and low in a society completely dominated by men. They are portrayed as mundane with simple aspirations moulded by society. The character of Jane challenges this mould as an 'undisciplined spirit' (Eliza Rigby reviewing Jane Eyre 1847)
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'Jane Eyre' uses a first-person narrative strategy strongly emphasizing the correctness of the narrator's views. Since this narrator is a governess, the focus on her feelings is very significant, given the male-dominated and class-conscious society in which she would have lived. Bronte's style involves sentence after sentence stuffed with lush adjectives and sensual images. Sometimes the words almost seem to have spilled out onto the page in a headlong, uncontrolled rush of feeling. This style is well suited to the novel and allows readers to sense the passion within Jane, and experience the emotional path Jane travels along.
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Bront� uses pathetic fallacy to suggest to the reader that all the characters within the novel are aware of Jane's uncertain future, including Jane herself. "...it offered a blank of mist and cloud...". This shows that Jane's future is not just dependent on Jane's input, but also that of Mrs Reed and all the surrouding characters. Mrs Reed has the power to make Jane's life a complete misery and she frequently exercises this power, simply for her own enjoyment. Another factor to Jane's unhappiness is the way the entire Reed family, all their servants and even the outsiders who know the Reeds, don't listen to her and leave her like "...the solitary rocks...".
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The first location in the story is Gateshead where Jane lives until she is around ten years old. She lives there with her aunt and her cousins who view her as inferior and label her as "deceitful" which creates a bitter atmosphere for Jane to grow up in. This makes her depressed and unhappy, feeling trapped, oppressed and is targeted by her cousin John Reed. After a fight with him Jane is locked into the red room where her feelings are reflected by the strong d�cor of the room: "A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with deep
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The opening sentence of the novel starts with a pessimistic tone and introduces Jane as a depressed child, when she says "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day". The use of pathetic fallacy can help us identify Jane's emotional state. "Leafless shrubbery" is an example of this; it portrays Jane as a bare and exposed individual who feels unloved in her family environment. Bronte also uses depressing adjectives such as" wet lawn" and "cold winter wind". This reflects the chill that Jane feels about the lack of emotional warmth given from her family.
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Mystery and suspense in 'Jane Eyre' provides a crucial element to the reader's interpretation of the novel, and many Gothic conventions are displayed through Bront�'s successful use of the plot and narrative techniques. Bronte introduces her eponym Jane Eyre in a rather lowly light at the beginning of the novel, "You ought to be aware Miss, that you are under obligations to Mrs Reed: she keeps you: if she were to turn you off, you would have to go to the poor-house".
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Her development of determination and self-reliance become more superior each day she spent at Gateshead. Jane states: "...I hate to live here." This quote proves that Jane hated Gateshead and she was determined to find a better place. The place Jane found was the Lowood Institution for orphans. It was not a better place but it helped Jane stand on her own feet. Through the help of Helen Burns, Jane has learned to love, forget hatred and live her life in happiness. Helen states: "Life appears too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs."
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Jane describes him as a 'black pillar' who is large compared to her. The first question he asked her was: (Quote, pg31, line34) "Her size is small: what is her age?" This could be because he was so large and tall and she was so small. Showing him tall tells us that he is a powerful figure. Mr.Brocklehurst keeps asking her questions, and Jane replies to them, but when he gets to the question: (Quote, pg32, line 5) "Well, Jane Eyre, are you a good child?" Mrs Reed answers for her.
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The use of 'I' at the beginning of the novel instantly makes us enter into the workings of Jane's mind, which helps the reader understand what Jane is feeling: 'I was glad of it.' Us being allowed to enter Jane's mind, gives us a deeper insight into her thinking patterns which are quite rich as they allow us to make vivid images in our minds and are definitely very mature 'The words in these introductory pages connected themselves with the succeeding vignettes, and gave significance to the rock standing up alone in a sea of billow and spray...'
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Jane Eyre - How does the Chalrotte Bontre create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters of the novel
We learn about Jane's views and opinions of people and places and generally views about her own life. The novel is structured through the different stages of Jane's journey which is divided into five sections. Each stage has a particular age and story which focuses on that part of Jane's life. The novel beings with Jane at Gateshead with the Reed family as both of Jane's parents have died and thus Jane was taken in by the Reed family. Jane remains at Gateshead for the first two chapters of the novel.
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Analyse the ways in which Bronte presents the "wedding" of Jane and Rochester and the discovery of the Bertha in chapter 26. Discuss what this tells the reader about the Victorian views of women and race?
In the 19th century women were thought of as the inferior sex, whose minds weren't equal to that of a man's, but here Jane challenges that notion. She basically says that even though they aren't treated so, men and women are created equally and should have the same options. To the majority of both men and women in those times, this would have seemed an absurd concept, but in these times it would be seen as true, implying that Jane thinks beyond her years.
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The novel begins in Gateshead, where a ten-year-old orphan named Jane Eyre is living with her mother's brother's family. The brother, surnamed Reed, died shortly after adopting Jane. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Reed, and their three children John, Eliza, and Georgiana neglect and abuse Jane, for they resent Mr. Reed's preference for the little orphan in their midst. In addition, they dislike Jane's plain looks and quiet yet passionate character. Thus, the novel opens with young John Reed bullying Jane, who retaliates with unwonted violence. Jane is blamed for the ensuing fight, and Mrs. Reed has two of the servants drag her off and lock her up in the red-room, the unused chamber where Mr.
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Jane is feeling dull & dreary which is shown by the overcast day. John Reed bullies her & members of her new family do not accept Jane. John treats her as if she is vermin & looks down upon her, as Jane is not part of the family in his eyes. Jane is beaten by John Reed & because women had no say in anything John got away with it because he was male & therefore right. One day after continuous beating Jane retaliates as she realises she has been through the worst "my terror had passed it's climax; other feelings succeeded."
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There are many places in the chapter where the book adopts a Gothic feel, for example when John attacks Jane, and she fights back. John is depicted as a monster, 'a tyrant', and phrases such as 'pungent suffering' make the reader feel as though he is much more than just a nasty schoolboy. Jane loses control over herself; 'I don't very well know what I did with my hands'. She acts almost as though she is possessed, a theme that definitely belongs to the Gothic genre.
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She is resolute that she will not be taken in by anything that the gipsy says, and she recognises this: 'Ah, you think yourself sharp!' The fortune-teller then tries to throw her off guard by mentioning Grace Poole, as she knows that this is a weakness. It works in alarming Jane: 'I started to my feet when I heard the name'.
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The author uses a variety of adjectives and writing techniques to relay the character's mood. One of these methods that is repeatedly used, is the pathetic fallacy. It is used a lot in the opening chapter. The narrator says, 'in the leafless shrubbery,' and goes on to say, 'clouds so sombre.' These are examples of the pathetic fallacy used to great effect; it sets the mood of the opening chapter (and possibly the whole book). They immediately set the tone and mood of the book, and reflect Jane's emotional status. There are further examples later on in the chapter where Jane is reading a book about birds and it talks of 'the solitary rocks and promontories'.
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By the names of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Jane Eyre is a novel which examines and challenges Victorian values and attitudes towards women I agree with this statement entirely as in the book men e.g. Rochester treats the women as nothing. This is expected in the Victorian society, Bronte's novel makes people see and feel in her book that women in those times had no rights to vote etc... and that they were beneath men. I could picture this with a clear source of imagery. Jane has to deal with a lot of issues with her job as being a governess as Mr.Rochester is a very macho person
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Remind yourself of the passage in chapter 2, of Jane Eyre, from 'the Red Room was a square chamber very seldom slept in...' to the end of the chapter and discuss the significance of the passage in your reading of the novel.
'shrouded' and the imagery of layers of drapery gives a sense of an overpowering heaviness surrounding Jane petite child form, making her seem somewhat insignificant. The sense oppression, or attempt of it, of Jane is a reoccurring idea within the novel; by Mr Brockelhurst and in her time at Lowood school, where strict religious views suppress her passionate nature and the period of courtship between herself and Mr Rochester where he tries to change her, forcing finery and expensive gifts upon her.
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Within Chapter 25, from ''I dreamt another dream, sir; that...' to ' Do you accept my solution of the mystery?' Discuss proposed extracts significance in the novel 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.
The moon is believed to have a connection with psychic powers and intuition, which plays into the foreseeing nature of the dream. Novelists have long used a dream sequence within their work as a way of telling truths about their character and their situation, which can otherwise not be spoken and Jane's dream is no exception. ' I still carried the unknown little child' Jane wanders through the derelict estate, clutching a child, the appearance of a small child in a dream is a symbol of misfortune, she is told this by Bessie earlier in the book, and this creates a sense of foreboding.
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in an essay of not more than 1500 words, compare and contrast the means by which two of the following works challenge the expectations, values and assumptions of their audiences. Your discussion should contain two texts of different genres.
These seemingly innocent tales also contain subtle attacks upon the audience/reader and their way of life. Shaw adapts the subtext and plot of the play to attack the British Class system. Instead of taking an inanimate object and bringing it to life, Shaw takes a lower class woman and passes her off as high-class royalty. While some of the audience at the time may have considered this as being brought to life, Shaw uses his play to show that the only real difference between classes is education and the way someone speaks.
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the wind howling in the grove behind the wall; I grew by degrees as cold as stone, and then my courage sank." the room is getting darker and Jane's fear grows. The stormy weather uses pathetic fallacy, because the wildness of it is reflecting Jane's growing fear. We are given a sense that there are restless spirits that aren't at peace when Jane remembers what she as been told "I began to recall what I had heard of dead men, troubled in their graves by the violation of their last wishes, revisiting the Earth to punish the perjured and avenge
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Women had no status in society at all and were financially dependent. They would have to choose between being financially dependent on a husband or living in a house where they were employed as a governess. In the middle of the 19th century marriage was the goal of every woman but the class structure was very strict and you could not marry above your social class. Jane Eyre is a fictional autobiography written about the life of Jane Eyre. It is written in first person which affects the structure of the plot.
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