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Jane Eyre. How Does Charlotte Bronte Create Sympathy For Jane?

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How Does Charlotte Bronte Create Sympathy For Jane? 'Jane Eyre' is a novel written and published in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte; the author had very strong opinions as a young woman although during the time period in which it was written it was unusual for a female to have such views. To overcome this issue Bronte used the pseudonym of Currer Bell to create the correct impression on the public. Since the pseudonym seemed ambiguous in gender the readers of that time would assume the opinions were of a male, hence taking the opinions seriously. Charlotte Bronte uses multiple techniques in order to create sympathy for Jane, figurative language, personification and atmospheric descriptions are just a few methods the author uses in conjunction with Jane's own personal feeling and actions to thoroughly ensure the reader can empathise with Jane's distressed situations. So, firstly the main technique used by Bronte is gothic imagery which is used throughout the novel. Charlotte Bronte used an almost excessive amount of gothic descriptions to thoroughly stress the sympathy created for Jane. A gothic atmosphere is given by the natural imagery of the weather, 'the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating', Bronte's use of negative adjectives; 'cold', 'sombre' and 'penetrating', gives the impression that Gateshead is surrounded by bleak, grey weather which represents Jane's miserable life and the emotions she feels as a result of the dull life she leads. ...read more.

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would have a different opinion to what would be said now, in the mid-1800s a young child of Jane's age should be respectful of their elders and behave well under their supervision. So, the readers of this time period would have had a disapproving feeling towards Jane and feel less sympathy for her in these given situations. On the other hand, the reader of today would have an entirely opposite opinion towards Jane's actions. The quote is also an example of allusion; Charlotte Bronte would presume the reader knows the story of 'Red Riding Hood'. This would encourage the reader of nowadays to become fond of Jane Eyre because her immediate reference to a character in another book shows how well read she is, thus creating the assumption that she is an intellectual young girl. This method of allusion within the first person narrative creates sympathy because Jane gains her entertainment from her own imagination which makes her dull life seem more exciting for her instead of living with no entertainment provided from her aunt. The opening chapter to 'Jane Eyre' establishes Jane's position within the Reed household; Charlotte Bronte uses many techniques to label Jane as the outsider in the family, natural imagery is used commonly within the novel, like the 'leafless shrubbery' to represent Jane's emotional state affected by her treatment of the Reeds. The 'leafless shrubbery' is a representation of Jane; on a plant the leaves would represent health and life, although because Jane describes the shrubbery as 'leafless' it shows how she is lacking the emotional health a young girl would have. ...read more.

Conclusion

Reed's 'work' because she is a being of which Mrs. Reed has raised and brought up through childhood. She was also 'lifting up her hands', this can be connotations of surrender and how Mrs. Reed gives in to the verbal abuse she is receiving from Jane. The readers of the time when the book was published may not be feeling sympathetic towards Jane at this point in the novel, if children were raised during that time period they were usually taught to be seen and not heard. The readers would frown upon Jane's actions towards her aunt as she should be respecting her elders, especially those who have given her a roof and warmth. On the other hand, readers of the present day would probably feel both sympathetic and pride towards Jane as she has stood her ground, also the readers of today would probably rather a young child of Jane's age speak up if they feel abused or neglected in any way rather than to live a life of adversity. In conclusion, Charlotte Bronte creates sympathy for Jane by using many different techniques including using gothic imagery to create the dull atmospheric life Jane Eyre leads, the first person narrative creates an empathetic bind between the reader and Jane influencing them to believe how life was life for Jane and the hardship she was forced to endure and also her position within the Reed household. The author has successfully created a connection with Jane and the author, she incorporates many profound connotations to thoroughly ensure the reader understands and sympathises with her main character. The famous Jane Eyre. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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