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Explore how Charlotte Bronte presents the character of Jane Eyre in the novel of the same name, noting the effects of social and historical influences on the text.

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Explore how Charlotte Bronte presents the character of Jane Eyre in the novel of the same name, noting the effects of social and historical influences on the text. Jane Eyre was a plain and insignificant unloved orphan, she was cared for by her aunt Reed, who did not like her but was obliged to look after her because it was a request of Mr. Reed who was also Jane's uncle. Eventually she was sent away to school after fighting with her bullying cousin John and getting locked in the room her Uncle died in, and she fainted. The school was awful with a horrible owner and bad conditions; there was a typhus epidemic in which her friend Helen Burns died. She made friends with a teacher Miss Temple who helped her when Helen died. The owner left and Jane stayed on as a teacher once she had finished her school years. Then Miss Temple got married and left so Jane decided it was time to move on and she left for a governess position at Thornfield hall where she secretly fell in love with her employer Mr.Rochester. He misleads her by supposedly courting a beautiful woman and then proposes to her even though they are in different classes and she is amazed but accepts. On the day of their marriage it is discovered that Mr. ...read more.

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She knows what she believes in and what she wants, although at points in the story, for example when she is falling in love with Mr. Rochester she doubts him and herself. Jane is courageous and makes her own decisions on impulse often like when she ran from Thornfield with not much money and no place to go. Charlotte Bronte uses Jane Eyre to convey her own opinions and views on the way women are treated. During those times they were isolated and stuck with not much control over their lives. Her and Jane are both plain and because they are not beautiful it is harder for them to get a husband, and in Charlotte's case she had no money to offer for a marriage dowry. She sees her, Jane and other women as trapped. This may be why she introduced Bertha Mason who is crazy, locked on the third floor of Thornfield Hall because she believes that women are trapped and maybe going crazy with frustration because of it, Bertha Mason is an interpretation of women's feelings as she has been locked away with no freedom and she can't do anything about it as she is a woman. Charlotte Bronte likes Jane and Jane is may be a reflection of her own character, she presents Jane in a favourable way so the reader feels sorry for her at some points because she doesn't deserve her misfortune's "my rest might have been ...read more.

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of her inheritance, Jane loves them because she has always thought she had no relations and that made her feel empty, so when she discovers that they are her cousins she is overjoyed. St John Rivers likes Jane too, but has not much respect for her, Jane likes him but she does not love him as she loves Mr. Rochester. Mr. Rochester is passionate and St John is the opposite so she cannot bring herself to marry him as he would always be second best to Mr. Rochester. Jane talks about Mr. Rochester's eyes being flashing and passionate whilst St John's are cold as ice. She needs real love where she can feel free yet have emotional support at the same time. St John doesn't offer that because they don't really love each other. Their marriage would just be a convenient arrangement, she doesn't want that, she wants love and passion. Charlotte Bronte presents parts of herself in the character Jane Eyre and uses the novel to express these parts, she often uses language in a way that makes the reader feel sorry for Jane as she uses very explicit words such as "miserable". But in the end she presents a feisty independent brave girl looking for freedom and happiness in a sexist society with many difficulties but Jane was determined those and although there were lots of dead ends along the way she finally got past all them and achieved happiness. ...read more.

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