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How does Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre?

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How does Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre? In each episode of the novel Bronte makes the reader feel sympathy towards Jane Eyre. She does this in many different ways, using language, devices and social class and status to make the reader feel more sympathy for the character. At the very beginning of the novel, during Jane Eyre's childhood episode, we find out that she is an orphan and was sent to live with her uncle but unfortunately he passed away, therefore Jane had been left to live with her aunt with no other place to go. This automatically makes us feel sympathetic towards Jane as she has no family and we begin to understand that she is unwanted and lonely. The idea of using an orphan to make the reader feel sympathy towards a specific character was not uncommon in Victorian literature and this device was used frequently in novels such as 'Oliver Twist' and 'Great Expectations'. During Jane Eyre's stay with her aunt she is unwanted and treated very unfairly by the whole Reed family. This is mainly due to the fact she is an orphan and there for has a social status which is significantly lower than the rest of the Reed family. She is also looked down upon because she is an only child and therefore has no siblings she can put trust and friendship in. ...read more.

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Even at the very beginning of the novel, the reader is feeling deeply sympathetic towards Jane and is feeling sorry for the way she is treated at home by her aunt and her cousins but during the next episode in the novel Jane is even looked down upon by the servants in the house: "you are less than a servant, for you do nothing for your keep. There, sit down, and think over your wickedness." This shows just how low Jane's status is within the household and therefore we know that she has no place in society as well as having no place in the household and Bronte uses this to depict Jane's loneliness. No matter how nice Bronte makes us think that Jane is, society does not care as the only thing that society appears to care about is status and wealth. Another way in which Bronte makes us feel for Jane is how she makes the reader see the unjust actions and the way that Jane is treated. This relates to previous points however when she is treated badly by a stranger, it only makes the reader more sympathetic. He looks down upon Jane and we know this from the way that Bronte uses a small descriptive piece in the novel. Mr Brocklehurst is described as "a black pillar" which helps the way the reader perceives. ...read more.

Conclusion

During her stay at Thornfield, Jane had a lot of fun and almost thought of Mr Rochester's family as her own as when she was staying with the Reed family who she was actually related to, she never felt at home like she did whilst staying with the Rochester's. When the mixed messages from Mr Rochester became clear that the bond they had was love. It not only mixed two completely different lifestyles as well as two socially different classes but they finally decided to marry but as usual Bronte made sure that the reader felt sympathetic towards Jane so yet again changed a happy scene into an unpleasant and eventful marriage which resulted in Jane finding out that Mr Rochester was already married. Bronte did this to make sure the reader went back to the original idea that Jane is unwanted and unloved, just as she was by everybody during her whole life. Bronte has made the reader feel sympathetic towards Jane in many ways throughout the novel and all have been effective and by the end of the novel the reader has really got in touch with Jane and the reader believes that they know Jane more than they did at the start at the novel but on the other hand Jane's character and situation will have been the situation that many people would have been in which could be why this type of story would have been common in Victorian literature. ?? ?? ?? ?? Faye Heslin-Jones ...read more.

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