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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.

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Examine the presentation of Jane Eyre's childhood in chapter 1-8 and discuss the way in which Bronte creates sympathy for her heroine. During the first 8 chapters off the novel charlotte Bronte shows how sympathy is created for her heroine. The story reflects some aspect of how Bronte's life has an effect on her heroine Jane and the things that she had to overcome in her life as the story goes on; following Jane's rough childhood with the Reeds to her time learning at Gateshead. Making it as an adult she then teaches where learnt and followed on to become a governess, falling in love with the man she worked for, Rochester. Later marrying him and falling pregnant with his child. Bronte creates a gloomy atmosphere by using gothic language and pathetic fallacy to help create sympathy for Jane Eyre. The gothic genre is a main theme in the novel as well as love, religion, gender relations and social class. Jane is highly mistreated by the reeds. This includes beatings from john "he bullied and punished me" through Jane's early life she must put up with many things around her. This helps the reader to sympathise with Jane thinking what she has to go through at such a young life. Not only must Jane embarrass through physical violence but verbal as well, Jane suffers through John's harsh language and disrespectful manner as his upbringing from his mother. "you have no money, your father left you none, you ought to beg" we find out that if it wasn't for the reed family she would had no money and although she wouldn't have had the abuse of the reed family however she may be worse off begging on the street. ...read more.

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She spoke from her heart, the reader can create sympathy to Jane has this would have been a very hard thing to not say as she wants to be heard. Mrs Reed and Jane rant and argue, leaving Mrs Reed lost for words. "You wish me dead!" this is a very bold statement for a child of 10 to say and because Jane is fighting back this leaves her very un lady like. Also in chapter four Jane has been allowed to go to school, to escape Gateshead and have a chance of her own life. Bessie and Jane have become very close in chapter four and Bessie question Jane a little "and so you're glad to leave me?" Bessie asking Jane this shows curiosity in Bessie wondering if Jane will miss her. The read can create sympathy for Jane as they could be worried about Jane losing someone close to her. "Bessie told me some of her most enchanting stories, and sang me some of her sweetest songs" this shows Bessie truly does care for Jane as she sings and makes Jane feel at peace with everything. Jane is allowed to go Lowood School, a school that is very known to be similar to the school that Bronte went too during her childhood. Bessie is sad to see Jane go and wants to make sure that Jane has a safe journey "'be sure and take good care of her' she cried to the guard" this shows Bessie wants Jane to be safe and have a safe journey to Lowood as she must travel by herself. Jane is the only one that Bessie likes of the Reed family. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane decides to tell Miss temple that she isn't a liar, "you have been charged with falsehood; defend yourself to me well as you can" sympathy is created has is sounds more like Jane has be accused of something extremely serious. Jane tells her about her childhood about being back with the Reeds, Miss Temple seems to believes Jane and writes a letter to Mr Lloyd requesting confirmations of Jane's account to the past events of her tortures times with the Reed's. Miss temple has Helen and Jane as her guests for the night and offers them with tea and seed cake "You two are my visitors to-night; I must treat you as such" this shows the Miss Temple has a kind heart and teats the girls at Lowood very well. Jane is very happy as she enjoyed a lovely meal in a warm room. A little time passed and Miss Temple received a letter back from Mr Lloyd, she ordered an assembly "and she was most happy to be able to pronouns her completely cleared from every imputation." Jane is very happy that her name is cleared this also gave her the puss to excel in school, getting better and better each day at Lowood, the reader would feel happy for Jane by the end of chapter eight as she is finally able to settle and excel in her work and drawing's Jane Eyre shows a lot of emotions throughout the first eight chapters, we see how hard it is and how each chapter give a different effect on the reader. The story allows us to have insight on Bronte's life and how hard it must have been to grow up in these times. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lucretia Richmond English ...read more.

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