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How does Bronte create attractiveness in the seemingly "unattractive" Jane Eyre?

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ESSAY TITLE: IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DOES BRONT� CREATE ATTRACTIVENESS IN THE SEEMINGLY 'UNATTRACTIVE' JANE EYRE? In my personal opinion, Charlotte Bront?'s 'Jane Eyre' is a highly enjoyable novel. It is an autobiography, the story of Miss Jane Eyre's life, telling of the many trials, tribulations, joys and jubilations she experiences. Bront? has created a character that questions the status quo and challenges the aspects of traditional heroines, from traditional 'classics'. The character of Jane herself is quite 'untraditional' and not in the same strain of 'good', little girls of her age. Abused and plagued with unjustness at the young age of ten years, even when she "dared commit no fault" and "strove to fulfill every duty", she was still Termed naughty and tiresome, sullen and sneaking, from morning to noon, and from noon to night. When finally Jane cannot take any more abuse from Mrs. Reed and her family, she bursts out in rage, but in a manner more befitting an enraged adult rather than a screaming child. Her anger and resentment of Mrs. Reed and her family is clear, but Jane is much more mature and eloquent or articulate in communicating her feelings than what I would expect from any other ten-year old child, to the point that Mrs. Reed can only respond "in the tone in which a person might address an opponent of adult age than such as is ordinarily used to a child." ...read more.

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They do not cavort amongst the peach trees whispering sweet nothings to each other. Instead they converse, or rather, Rochester talks and Jane listens intently, and Rochester relishes the fact that she has "gravity, considerateness and caution," and states that she was "made to be the recipient of secrets". Jane is almost besotted with Rochester, My master's colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm grim mouth - all energy, decision, will - were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me. Rochester proposes to her, after teasing and vexing her to tears, tricking her into thinking he was going to marry a beautiful lady, and Jane would be cast from the life that she currently loves. It's almost as if he traps Jane into accepting, by using the truth, the truth in his eyes, My bride is here, because my equal is here, my likeness. That is a truly romantic line, and it serves to show how great a character and personality Jane Eyre is, and how much in love Rochester was with her, for we find out later in the story that Grace Poole, the mad woman who tried to burn Rochester alive, is actually Rochester's wife! He loved her enough to attempt a bigamous marriage with a mad wife hidden away in his house! ...read more.

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He has gradually come to 'accept' the fact that what he is doing is right, though. Rivers helps Jane find employment, and interestingly enough, we find Rivers admiring the strengths of Jane's character, "You are original," said he, "and not timid. There is something brave in your spirit, and something penetrating in your eye." "I consider you a specimen of diligent, orderly energetic woman..." And Rivers too, proposes to Jane Eyre. Though it is not in quite the same way as Rochester's proposal, both propose to her because of her character, her strong personality, disposition and intelligence. "I do not speak to the feeble, or think of them: I address only such as are worthy of the work, and competent to accomplish it." "It is not personal, but mental endowments they have given you: you are formed for labour, not for love." Again the qualities of Jane's character have become obvious, this time in Rivers' proposal to Jane to become his wife: a missionary's wife. Charlotte Bront� creates quite a strong character in Jane Eyre. Jane, though not endowed with beauty, is amply gifted with intelligence, rational and strong principled thinking, and a hardworking demeanour. Through the two characters Edward Rochester and St. John Rivers, we are able to see how Jane's gifts make her attractive to the feelings and emotions in an incredible magnitude. Jane Eyre is quite simply a different kind beauty. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" ...read more.

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