• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre?

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    This is because Utterson really trusted Jekyll; nevertheless the trust grew weaker throughout the novel. Also I think it was wrong of Jekyll not to tell Utterson the truth about Hyde and about himself.

  2. Haylesdown - Original Writing

    'What the hell are you doing? Get up here now!' Ryan snapped out of his trance as the beast gave a threatening growl before its shoulders smashed into the sides of the gap, its eyes never left Ryan as the young teen bustled about throwing all of their weapons up onto the platform with Jennifer.

  1. Oliver Twist

    The streets are crowded and bursting with people and the smell of the sewers is everywhere. Dickens witnessed the problems in Jacob's Island and tells them in his novel 'Oliver Twist'. He sets the story in Jacob's Island to show the upper class people how the lower classes have to

  2. Jane Eyre

    However Bront´┐Ż shrewdly describes Jane's kaleidoscope of emotions in the 'red room' via descriptive language, imagery and tone. Jane has an array of emotions during her time in the 'red room', which fulfills many turning points on her emotional roller coaster.

  1. Great Expectations

    There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel [- -] I am keeping a-keeping that young man from harming of you at the present moment, [- -] I find it very hard to hold that young man off of your inside.

  2. Great Expectations - Character Introduction

    Pip was already quite scared by her appearance but when he notices that "Her watch had stopped at twenty to nine and her clock had stopped at twenty to nine," he could have become quite bemused. The fact that both her clock and watch had stopped at twenty to nine gives the impression that she is frozen in time.

  1. Great Expectations

    "The shape of the letters of my father's tombstone gave me an odd idea he was a square stout man" This shows us that Pip is an imaginative child because he can imagine the image of his dead father and tell us what he looked like, it is sad that he can imagine his family without actually seeing them.

  2. An analysis of the way in which Emily Bronte introduces the character Heathcliff to ...

    enter Wuthering Heights on his horse, it is only when his horse's breast was 'fairly pushing the barrier' that Heathcliff lets him through, and then he merely walks off leaving Lockwood to make his own way. Despite all these clear signs that Heathcliff is a disagreeable man, Lockwood still presents

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work