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Explore, and account for, Bronties presentation of characters in conflict with society in the novel Jane Eyre.

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Explore, and account for, Bronties presentation of characters in conflict with society in the novel Jane Eyre. In this essay I will explore and account how Bronte presents her characters in conflict with society in Jane Eyre. To do this I will show a number of times in her life when she gets into conflict with society and she doesn't fit in. These times are the red room incident, the party and Thornfield Hall and the marriage with Rochester. I will be looking at how Bronte uses techniques to make it clear to the reader how her characters are in conflict. I will also look at how Mr Rochester and Bertha Mason conflict with society. During the first few chapters we begin to understand that Jane does not fit into the family she is living with and isn't an ordinary girl. We can see that she does not fit in with the family because she is excluded from the group and is bullied by John. The conflict with society in this case is because she is in a class that she doesn't belong, other people are in conflict with her because she is different. The family all know that Jane's parents where dead and that she depends on them for everything.. Women during that time where considered inferior to men and were not given many of the rights they have today. ...read more.

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Jane is in a lot of conflict with the school of Lowood because she is a very passionate girl who is once again being oppressed. We discover that the school Jane is going is just as bad as what she already faces at homes, no doubt to Ms Reed's intervention. As soon as Jane arrives at the school (Lowood) the use of pathetic fallacy immediately shows how Jane's stay is going to end up. 'Rain, wind and darkness filled the air' this shows that Jane feels alone, scared and quite possibly angry at being sent here by herself. As she enters the building she describes everything as 'large' 'immense' and 'huge' this gives the impression that she is still a very small girl and that everything seems all to much for her. Later on when Jane has grown up she has got a job as a governess in Thornfield Hall. The reader now begins to think that Jane is going to finally get a new start and simply fit into her job and stay quiet. As soon as Jane meets her boss Mr Rochester we soon realise that her hopes of fitting in are not going to happen. When she meets him, he is not how she expected him to be 'Stern features and a heavy brow'. He doesn't seem a very attractive man and it is because of this reason Jane is not afraid to help him. ...read more.

Conclusion

We can see the dubious attitudes given to those considered to be 'other' as well. Some of these are 'whether beast or human being' 'The clothed hyena rose up' and 'The maniac bellowed'. These all suggest that Jane believes Bertha to be some type of beast that is neither animal nor human. She is obviously afraid of Bertha and doesn't understand her. In conclusion to my essay I have discovered that Bronte uses several techniques to show how her characters are in conflict. She does this because she wants to explain to the reader how at the time people were judged by their class and sex. Bronte clearly disagrees with this and therefore uses sympathy to make the reader agree with her. She writes the novel from Jane's point of view and Jane isn't sympathetic towards people in conflict with society (even though she suffers from it) and this makes the reader sympathetic towards those characters in conflict. Bronte's comment on characters in conflict with society is that, it is a cruel thing and that it should not happen in the world. She probably wanted to get this message across because although her family was considered middle class because her father was a vicar, he did not have the money to belong in that class. Bronte was probably also writing this because as a woman having a novel being published, taken serious or getting good reviews was unheard of. For these reasons she wrote all her books under a mans name. Thomas Griffiths English Coursework 29-06-03 ...read more.

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