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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre in chapters one and two of the novel Jane Eyre? I think Charlotte Bronte's own experiences inspired her to write Jane Eyre

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Emily hird How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre in chapters one and two of the novel Jane Eyre? I think Charlotte Bronte's own experiences inspired her to write Jane Eyre. This novel was partly autobiographic as there are many events in Jane Eyre that really happened to Charlotte Bronte. Bronte's mother died when Bronte was only 5 years of age; Jane Eyre was orphaned at a young age. Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre were both raised by an aunt and they both lost people close to them. Charlotte Bronte had bad experiences at boarding school and found love later on in life; this was reflected in the novel as it happened to Jane Eyre too. Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21st 1816. I think Bronte's own experiences inspired her and were reflected in her novel. Victorian society was very different to society now. Women like Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte had to face many economic and social difficulties. Jane Eyre highlights the plight of women in the Victorian age. They were generally from strait laced, polite families who had to work, because men in the family had died, or because the family had simply had a setback with money. ...read more.

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"Clouds so sombre" - Jane's life is sombre, joyless and boring. "Leafless shrubbery" - the shrubs are leafless and bare with nothing to protect them from the weather, just like Jane has nothing and nobody to protect her from the Reed family, who treat her very badly. Using the background to sympathise with the mood is called pathetic fallacy. The author is setting the scene for the whole novel. Jane Eyre escapes from family life by reading, because her life is so bleak, and everyone is so horrible to her, that reading helps her forget her situation and come into a different world of her own. This is connected to Charlotte Bronte's own life as she writes books, and so probably also enjoys reading them. Jane is reading a book of birds, and some of the metaphors and imagery used to describe pictures in the book are like Jane's life, for example "the broken boat stranded in a desolate coast" - this is a metaphor for her existence, as she is isolated with no love, fun or excitement. Jane thinks she is like the broken boat - "I was a discord at Gateshead Hall". She thinks this because nobody at Gateshead Hall speaks to her with kindness. ...read more.

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When Jane is in the red room, language techniques are used to show her anguish. At the end of chapter 2, Jane faints and has a fit. I think this happened to her because of the events and excitement of the day, and the fear of what she thought she saw in the room, and the hatefulness of her life, and the feeling of not being able to go on like that anymore. The writer is trying to create sympathy, and leaving the readers on a cliff hanger, making the end of this chapter tense and sad. The reader is left feeling very sorry for Jane, they don't feel as much sympathy now as they would have done when the novel was written, as back then Victorian women could have related to her and her difficult social position. The reader feels sorry for Jane throughout the two chapters because she is treated abominably by the household. Charlotte Bronte's' language creates sympathy for Jane because of the way she describes the house, the family and Jane's life - "heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse". Jane's position at Gateshead hall makes you feel sorry for her because she is stuck in a difficult position because she has no money, is not allowed a job and has no family apart from the reeds. ...read more.

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