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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters in the novel?

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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters in the novel? In the first two chapters of Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte creates sympathy for Jane from the settings she uses like the red room, which comes up later in chapter two. Also with all the metaphors of Janes true feelings under the surface and the ways that the chapters are structured. Charlotte Bronte starts off the book straight to the point as if we just enter Janes mind at this moment in time, it is meant to draw the reader in and at once create the atmosphere of this time when we have joined her. With the 'clouds so sombre' and the 'rain so penetrating' we get a glimpse inside Jane knowing that she must be so 'cold' inside like the 'winter'. While there is a fire inside the house where she could get warmth to fill her up she is not allowed, and with a 'saddened' 'heart' she's not even told why she can't sit with the family around their 'mamma' by the fire but instead 'dispensed from joining the group' and not told why. This helps create sympathy for Jane by trying to show the reader that she is a 'deprived' child, and the only escape she gets is when she goes to the 'window - seat' and shuts the 'folds of scarlet drapery'. ...read more.

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and tells Bessie and Abbot to 'take her away to the read room' and the chapter ends quite dramatically with her being taken off to the red room. Jane's reaction would have been very shocking to readers of that time. Because back then she should have been grateful for shelter but she continues to demand more. It shows the reader that she is no angel, but a real woman with needs, ambition and passion. At the beginning of the second chapter we hear once again that this is a 'new thing' for Jane and that we are meeting her at a time of change. She also makes references to being a 'rebel slave' again and telling the reader about her lack of position. We once again are meant to sympathise with Jane when one of the servants tells her that she is 'less than a servant, for you do nothing for your keep'. Which shows her lack of position once again in this society. Jane is constantly reminded that she is 'under obligations to Mrs Reed' and if 'she were to turn you off you would have to go to the poorhouse'. But Jane pays no attention because she has heard it many times before as she says 'this reproach of my dependence had become a vague sing-song in my ear' but still she says that it was 'very painful and crushing'. ...read more.

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to Jane and is filled with so much fear that she cries out and Bessie and Abbot enter to see what has happened. Abbot has no sympathy for Jane saying that she had 'screamed out on purpose', and that she knows 'her naughty tricks.' But then things get worse for Jane when Mrs Reed appears. Jane begs her aunt to 'have pity', but Mrs Reed won't have any of it. And Mrs Reed 'abruptly thrust' her 'back and locked' her 'in without further parley.' And then 'unconsciousness closed the scene.' Which is another dramatic ending leaving the reader feeling angry with Mrs Reed and sympathizing greatly with Jane. I think Charlotte Bronte has done a good job of getting the reader to sympathize with Jane otherwise I wouldn't be writing an essay on it. She constantly brings in Jane's place in society, a woman's place but to make it worse a poor woman's place. The first two chapters let us know that this is the beginning of a journey for Jane to find her place to find out why she was put there to fight against the waves that try to bring her down. Charlotte Bronte was a critic of her time and has done a very good job of opening closed minds to the things that an ordinary plain girl like Jane which is inside every woman has to fight against to find their place . ...read more.

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