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How does the reader respond to the character of Jane in the Gateshead section of the novel? Her relationship with the other characters and their treatment of her Her relations to the world around her

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How does the reader respond to the character of Jane in the Gateshead section of the novel? > Her relationship with the other characters and their treatment of her > Her relations to the world around her > The use of dual narrator-ship - our response to both adult and child Jane It starts of with Jane on a cold autumn day she is alone while the three Reed children with Mrs. Reed where "clustered round their mama in the drawing-room" This immediately shows us that Jane is an outcast at Gateshead and is not included in the Reeds life, even though she is related to the and also living with them. This already shows the relationship between the characters and makes us feel sympathy towards Jane. We also see why this is "me, she had dispensed from joining the group" So just form the opening few paragraphs we see that Jane is being isolated from the group and keeping her "at a distance". We then find out the reason for her being left out, it is simply because she is different to the family Mrs Reed would her to act like "something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were" however this is completely contradictory as she is "natural", as she is being herself and to her that is natural. ...read more.


It is this and her fuming rage, which leads her to start fitting. When she awakes she is back in the nursery where Mr Lloyd is looking her after. What is the most bizarre is the fact she feels secure when there is a stranger in the room with her. "I felt an inexpressible relief, a soothing conviction of protection and security, when I knew that there was a stranger in the room." This is extremely disturbing, as she should if anything feel unsafe with a stranger. This shows the severity of her mistreatment of her and unhappiness of the company of the Reed family. The only person that seems to give her any sympathy to her is Bessie if you could actually call it kindness, the problem with this is the fact it seems to Jane that she is being kind to her, however to the reader what Bessie actually does is not that nice at all. The thing is Jane is always being mistreated so the fact that Bessie shows the slightest bit of kindness it is seen by Jane as very kind as that is kind to her. Jane now lives in the hope that she may get to escape from Gateshead to a school, "however; days and weeks passed" without and mention of going to school. ...read more.


During this novel we see the narration of Jane Eyre switch from adult Jane as she is at the present to the past Jane who is a child. We see a conflict between how she expresses herself as an adult to how she should do as a child. We see this in the very first instances as she talks about how she was "conscious of my physical inferiority" these seem very un-childish thoughts for a ten year old. We see the thought of Jane as an adult writing in the past come out. . This also happens again when she says "of these death-white realms.... That float dim through children's brains, but strangely impressive" she is narrating her adult feelings through the child Jane. During he time in the red room we see a child vs. adult Jane as she is getting so worked up that she is scarring herself into thinking that when "a light gleamed on the wall" she believes it is a ghost. She gets so worked up she starts having a nervous breakdown, tat leads to her having some kind of fit. She then comes out of narration as young Jane to tell the reader at her present age she "can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likelihood, a gleam from a lantern carried by someone across the lawn" This shows a conflict between her child's perspective and her now more mature one. ...read more.

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