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How does charlotte Bronte engender sympathy for Jane during the first eighteen years of her life?

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How does charlotte Bronte engender sympathy for Jane during the first eighteen years of her life? Charlotte Bronte's narrative style for Jane Eyre is first person and this means that we see everything through her eyes and so what is written will have a bias, however, because it is an autobiography it will also be honest even though it's a fictional one. Because of its profound honesty especially regarding Jane's feelings along with the bias, the reader feels sympathy for Jane depending purely on how her situations are described by Charlotte Bronte, who mainly focuses on the more depressing aspects of her life, and so her choice of material is selective because of these aspects. When Bronte explains select good things in Jane's fictional life she does it in such a way as to create further sympathy for Jane from the readers. She does this on three occasions; the main one being at Christmas when at first you believe that this will be one of the few days ...read more.

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Bronte uses subtle but constant references to hunger and cold during Jane's life at Lowood which is one of the main ways Bronte renders the readers sympathies. Emotionally painful moments in Jane's life which once again call upon the reader's sympathy's for her and her situation and make the reader feel emotionally involved with Jane's situation as they may have felt similar to how Jane is feeling in a different situation in their own lives. An example of this is when Helen Burns dies. Bronte describes Jane as feeling desperate and sad. "I experienced a shock of horror, then a strong thrill of grief, then a desire, a necessity to see her." The reader may be able to sympathize, understand and feel more involved with how Jane is feeling as the chances are everybody knows what it is like to loose someone. Sympathy for Jane also comes from Jane's moments on isolation. ...read more.

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Jane is also bullied by her benefactress and her son John who beats her, she is even treated as an inferior by the servants. This is upsetting from the reader's point of view as they feel like Jane is unfortunate and deserves better and so by creating John as a character Bronte has the readers sympathizing with Jane very early in the novel. The next milestone in the fictional autobiography of Jane Eyre is when Jane makes her first move away from Gateshead too Lowood. But even before she moves too the school she is confronted by Mr. Brokelhurst regarding her move there. Mrs. Reed speaks unkindly of Jane to him and causes there to be a special attention paid to her and stronger discipline used against her by all the teachers which prevents Jane from having a fresh start the readers want her to have, this once again, creates even more sympathy. The hypocrisy of Mr. ...read more.

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