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How does Bronte prepare us for the adult Jane in the presentation of the child?

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How does Bronte prepare us for the adult Jane in the presentation of the child? The classic novel "Jane Eyre" presents an isolated orphan named Jane whose life is plagued with misery from childhood. However, her series of unfortunate events enables her strength, surpassing at school, the becoming of a governess, and falling in love with Edward Rochester. These aspects and strong characteristics prepare her for later life. Early in the text we see Jane's passion when she decisively stands up to her Aunt Reed who has forced Jane to endure years of abuse and neglect. Mrs.Reed has claimed to Mr Brocklehurst that Jane has a 'bad character' thus she is soon transferred to Lowood Institution. Jane says, '... you told Mr.Brocklehurst I had a bad character, a deceitful disposition; and I'll let everybody at Lowood know what you are, and what you have done.' Here Jane demonstrates her passionate hatred of her Aunt by having a very harsh tone in her voice particularly with very stated choice of wording such as 'you,' occurring several times in one sentence; this is representing her unequivocal nature. Jane is threatening her Aunt, who is in a higher position than Jane in their household; this shows particular passion in how she feels about her Aunt. ...read more.

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This is perhaps somewhat surprising for someone of a lower position to think in such a way. However Jane may be a coy character, she still stands her ground when she believes it is necessary. Once again, Jane shows her strong morality when she does not marry her long lost cousin St.John, because he does not love her and is incapable of being in love. Jane says, 'would it not be strange, to be chained for life to a man who regarded one but as a useful tool?' Jane highlights how she feels it is wrong to marry her cousin, by creating the statement into a question, because she is making her cousin Diana question herself on the reasons why marrying St.John would be bad. Jane uses the word 'chained' as a metaphor to represent how her life would be with St.John, it also refers back to her earlier life when she is constantly isolated. Jane again uses the metaphor of being a 'useful tool' for her cousin; this is quite irregular for her as she has never felt she has been 'useful' to anyone, and is therefore degrading herself because she has always felt she is not worthy of anyone, so refuses to be someone's 'useful tool.' ...read more.

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She had tried to talk herself out of loving him, but it was impossible. She does not intend to love, because she feels she is unworthy of this, and so Rochester's absence helps her overcome her emotions towards him. However, nonetheless, the feelings instantly are rekindled the moment she sees his face again, '... at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong!' This part of the sentence, shows how a mere look at Rochester can conjure her love for him again; thus showing she is so desperate for his love and just love in general. The exclamation after 'great and strong' creates emphasis on the words 'great' and 'strong,' and creates a visualisation of the extremity of her love towards Mr.Rochester. Additionally; earlier in the sentence 'germs of love' is used as a metaphor to show how her love for Rochester is like a virus that will never leave her, and it yet again displays her everlasting desire for love. The novel clearly shows similarities in Jane's childhood to her adult life and in the end, these characteristics have proved worthwhile for her in making decisions. Charlotte Bront� has obviously been conscious of this and intentionally had central themes for Jane's personality to be passionate, to have strong moralities and to have her huge desire for love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Clarke 11T ...read more.

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