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How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre?

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Laura Wilson 10ROB First draft of coursework Title: How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre? Charlotte Bronte wrote the novel 'Jane Eyre' in 1847. In this essay I shall focus on Jane's experiences with her family and focus on her personality. I shall also focus on how Charlotte Bronte uses techniques when writing about Jane. Jane arrived at Gateshead Hall to live with her aunt and uncle as her parents are dead and Jane is a 'dependant.' Jane is wrongly accused of an incident which involves herself and Master John Reed. Jane is accused of starting a fight and no-one believes that she isn't to blame. Jane therefore gets punished for her cousin's evilness. Jane's punished by her aunt and gets sent to the red-room where she is told 'God will punish her', Jane is also told 'when you are by yourself; for if you dont repent, something bad might be permitted to come down the chimney, and fetch you away.' The first reason why we sympathise with Jane is because she is isolated. Jane lives with her aunt and cousin's in her head uncle's home of Gateshead Hall. Jane's uncle took Jane in after she was left 'a parentless infant.' However her uncle, on his deathbed, made his wife promise to look after Jane. ...read more.

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I sympathise with Jane when she is not believed because it is awful when you get wrong or punished for something you did not do. The feeling that no-one believes you is hurtful. 'Take her away to the red-room, and lock her in there.' This is where Jane is taken, as her punishment for calling Master John a 'wicked and cruel boy.' No-one believes Jane, everyone thinks she is to blame and she is the cause of the dispute. Mrs Reed demands Jane to be taken away to the Red-Room for defending herself from John and his nastiness. Mrs Reed thinks Jane flew at Master John. I feel sorry for Jane because she is wrongly accused and punished for something she didn't do. Jane retaliates to Master John's cruelty and wickedness towards her. She is taken away to the 'red-room' and locked up there herself. No-one likes being wrongly accused and punished especially when it isn't there fault. Jane must feel lonely and upset, because no-one is there to believe her. Jane is very imaginative and we sympathise for her because all children are imaginative it's their way of having fun or to escape. In Jane's case it is escape. She sits on the window-seat cross legged with the 'red moreen curtain neatly closed.' ...read more.

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I feel sorry for Jane because she is so lonely and the vocabulary she is using is depressing and is continually reflecting how sad she is. Towards the end of the first two chapters I feel sorry for Jane she is neglected and unhappy. She has no parents and imagining how unhappy someone could be without their parents to look after them is heart breaking. She is living with peoplpe who dont love her at all and her so called cousins who are meant to be blood relatives are bullying her and she is getting punished for no reason what so ever. Jane is treat like a servant and is not treat like a part of the family. She gets blamed for everything and her cousins don't like her. Jane is very different from children of today because everybody is treat like an equal compaired to how people was treat in 1847. Jane's experiences are not like any experiences children have today for starters. Jane has lost her family both her mum and dad. Today losing your parents isn't at all common but in 1847 it would have been more common as there was a lot of diseases around. There was no health treatment like there is today so therefore diseases couldn't be treated and as an end result people died. Jane Eyre has made me realise what life would have been like in 1847, how orphaned children are treated and what different families did to the people they dont love. ...read more.

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