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

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Jane Eyre How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre? The novel 'Jane Eyre' was written in 1847 during the Industrial Revolution by Charlotte Bronte. In this essay I shall focus on how Bronte makes the reader sympathises with Jane and how she uses Jane's experiences with her family to make you sympathise with her for example when she is bullied by Master John Reed and when she suffers an act of injustice after a fight with Master Reed. I will also focus on Jane's personality. I shall also focus on how Charlotte Bronte uses different writing techniques to make us sympathise when writing about Jane. In the first two chapters of the novel, Jane is wrongly accused of starting a fight with her cousin, Master Reed, after he throws a book at her. She is punished and sent to the Red-Room where she is tied to the seat and is told from the servants that if she does not sit still and obey orders, ghosts will come after her. At the time when Jane Eyre was written, people had very strong religious in ghosts and ghouls. This frightens her because her uncle had passed away in the same room. ...read more.

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She even comments that the bullying was like "a vague sing-song in my ear; painful and crushing, but only half intelligible." This indicates that she is so used to Master Reed, Bessie, and Abbott's verbal abuse "You rat. You Rat!", as well as physical abuse that she is starting to get used to it. In one incident she is found sitting on the window seat reading, when Master Reed draws back the curtain and says she has "no business to take our books". He commands her to step forward towards the window and then throws the book at her, "I saw him lift and poise the book and stand in act to hurl it". I feel sorry for Jane because she cannot escape this abuse. If she does hit him back she will be sent to the workhouse, which was a very filthy and unsanitary place to live and eat, and is also filled with disease, and if she doesn't hit him, he will keep doing it again and again. Injustice is another reason why we sympathise with Jane. She suffers an act of injustice when she is wrongly accused of starting the fight with Master Reed. Eliza and Georgiana go to fetch Mrs Reed when the fight breaks out. ...read more.

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This makes me feel even sorrier for her because everything that you are reading is about Jane and all the awful things appear to happen to her. Bronte also uses pathetic fallacy, which is when nature is used to reflect people's feelings. She uses this when she says "clouds so sombre". Sombre indicates that Jane is feeling depressed, sad and serious. Also she says that's the day was a "drear November day" which is a reflection Jane's mood. So from the start we know that Jane is unhappy and in cold, sterile and "unloving surroundings" At the time this book was written, Jane was considered to be a Victorian heroine. People admired her because she was unrepentant, perceptive, and independent and she had freedom of spirit which a lot of women lacked during the Victorian era. She was a fighter in adversity, "if you don't sit down, you must be tied down", and "Unjust! Unjust!" I feel that Jane is like other children today. A lot of children are in her situation of having no parents, but they do not suffer as badly as Jane does. They don't have to go through as much physical bullying, although they do suffer mental and verbal abuse. She is different because she can't express herself as much as she can the children of today however I would say that their lives would be quite similar. ...read more.

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