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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters and four passages of your choice in her novel Jane Eyre?

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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters and four passages of your choice in her novel Jane Eyre? Charlotte Bronte takes her reader on an emotional journey through the life of her eponymous heroine ? Jane Eyre. Through this journey the reader learns all about Jane?s distressing experiences and elated peaks, making the reader develop sympathy and empathy for her. Bronte sets out her story using a first person narrative of Jane speaking through a retrospective voice. The first person narrative enables us to connect with Jane and understand all the elements of Jane?s character whilst looking back from her fears of childhood to her love for the mysterious, sardonic Mr Rochester. Bronte opens her novel ?Jane Eyre? and already you can identify the realistic element. Bronte uses three categories that base around ?Jane Eyre?; Realistic, gothic and romantic to show all the different sides of Jane?s journey and to encourage us to feel connected to Jane. When reading chapter one and two of Bronte?s novel we begin to understand Jane?s position in the Reeds family life style. Although family (Mrs. Reed being Jane?s aunt) she is regarded as an animal - not one of them. Aunt Reed (and her children) has been told to look after Jane by her husband before he died although Mrs. Reed doesn?t keep this wish entirely fulfilled and excludes Jane from their family. Jane however seems to understand Mrs. Reed?s actions and thinks of it as a normal situation ?the consciousness of my physical inferiority? Bronte begins by exploring the realistic element of Jane?s life. Bronte creates an atmosphere and vivid setting detailed and precisely delivered through Jane?s first person narrative voice. Jane shares with us a retrospective view on her past occasionally bringing us back into reality by using Jane?s older narrative voice. Bronte includes direct speech this also creates the realistic atmosphere that Jane is only aware she is surrounded in. ...read more.

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She tells Jane about God and Jane is intrigued by Helens dignity. We are glad for Jane as she finds company and as well as Helen she has Miss Temple who acts like a mother figure to them both. ?I would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations, for Gateshead and its daily luxuries? this shows how she Jane is happy at Lowood and we feel a sense of relief for her. However as her happiness grows, an outbreak of sickness (typhus) falls upon Lowood infecting a majority of the girls. Helen is taken ill; Jane is very distressed during the vacation of her friend. Time passes and after weeks of not seeing Helen, Jane is desperate to see her. Placing her dress over her night clothes she sets out to find Helen. Helen is in Miss Temples room, as being the most serious case. Jane creeps in and stands by Helens sick-crib. When Jane awakens Helen she seems placid and not in pain, and very happy to see Jane. Helen talks of her last home and how Jane must bid her goodbye; the reader at this moment is feeling sympathy for Jane as she lies by her friend, tension build as they talk peacefully. ?She seems dearer to me than ever? this expresses how Jane nurtures Helen at this point and can feel her becoming vulnerable in front of her. They are very affectionate towards each other which show how their relationship has developed. After talking of Helens future to God, Jane nestles beside Helen and they fall asleep. Jane awakes to find herself being carried by someone away from Helen as she is set down into her own dormitory she realises ?I was asleep and Helen was ? dead.? The short pause between was and dead emphasises the mood of Jane as she remembers this, still hurt by her friend dying there in her arms. ...read more.

Conclusion

When he asks her why she rejects the offer she says unwillingly ?from you, sir? this is the small outbreak where Jane expresses her feeling to Mr Rochester. We begin to feel tension again as Bronte builds up to Jane?s main outburst. Jane tells Mr Rochester how much she loves Thornfield ? how she is not ?buried with inferior minds? Mr Rochester has treated her like anyone else. Bronte uses rhetorical questions in Jane?s speech to add impact to her burst of passion and how she has become more powerful in speaking her mind towards her master. As Jane becomes more and more powerful Mr Rochester starts to become more and more weak he lets out he asks her to come to his side as is wife. Jane accepts the proposal and is overjoyed with the arrangement; they are to get married as soon as possible. Bronte uses pathetic fallacy to add tension to the unknown future in front of them as that night there is a storm, a strong overpowering storm. The storm strikes the tree they were seated at in half, I think this is to emphasise their choice?s made to marry, and to reflect that something bad will happen. Jane stands as independent women towards Mr Rochester due to his difference in nature towards Jane after they agree to marry. He wants to dress her in rich dresses and race her to an image Jane is not comfortable with. Jane declares that she wants to be independent she will carry on working for Mr Rochester after they marry and the money he gives her will be the money she will use to buy herself the necessities. She wants to be totally equal with him, however she does agree for him to buy the wedding dress and veil. After buying the wedding dress and veil, Mr Rochester leaves on horse, whilst Mr Rochester is vacant Jane sees something in her sleep, she tells Mr Rochester that was someone was in her room. ...read more.

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