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How effectively does Charlotte Bront convey the child's viewpoint in Jane Eyre and how does she encourage us to sympathise with the character through the use of Language?

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How effectively does Charlotte Bront� convey the child's viewpoint in Jane Eyre and how does she encourage us to sympathise with the character through the use of Language? In the novel 'Jane Eyre' we see the journey of how a boisterous and rebellious girl turns into a sensible and determined woman. It also shows us the search symbolic search for love and her identity. The novel itself is set in the middle of the Victorian period where women and children had no rights. A woman's place was at home where as a husband's was to earn money by being a landowner or pursuing a profession. Social class was everything. However this social class was often achieved and judged by how much money an individual had and also was often abused. We see this illustrated by Bront� in her use of characters and they often show the flaws in the Victorian society. Bront� does this by using satire and exaggeration. Charlotte Bront� in this story creates an image of Jane looking petite, scrawny and unattractive. This is the total opposite of Jane's aunt. Jane knows she is not the ideal child as she says, "I know that had I been a sanguine, brilliant, careless, exacting, handsome, romping child, though equally dependant and friendless- Mrs Reed would have endured my pressure more complacently." ...read more.

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In the Red Room scene we see how Bront� makes Jane's fears realistic to the reader through the use of her descriptions. Jane describes the room "The room was a spare chamber, very seldom slept in" and "The room was chill, because it seldom had a fire". In this section we see the scene through the eyes of Jane and we find out her exact feelings and thoughts from within the room. These soon develop and become a complex yet realistic nightmare: "Stared at the strange little figure there gazing at me". As Jane gets more and more imaginative in this room she starts to see her uncle's ghost. Due to Jane's young and vivid imagination, she thinks that the ghost is haunting her due to her bad behaviour. When Jane starts to explore the room her nightmare of dying starts to become a hallucination and starts to see Mr. Reed reappear as a ghost: "While I gazed, it glided up to the ceiling, and quivered above my head." This quotation shows us how effectively Bront� wrote this section so that we as the reader realise how terrifying it must have been for Jane due to her young age. ...read more.

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Where as in the presence of Miss Scatcherd, there is a lot more tension in the class and the treatment of pupils id often a lot more intolerant and demanding: " nothing can correct you of your slatternly habits: carry the rod away." From reading this novel what is learned is the aspect of childhood in Victorian life. Also we have learned the hardship that many children lived and died through and in which any mistake led to a severe punishment. Furthermore the reasons Charlotte Bront� may have had for portraying childhood of this time in this time is that she once lived trough them and experienced the hardship herself. Bront� has created a child that is similar to herself and put her in situations that the reader can maybe relate to and see that Jane is being treated unfairly. She also formed careless family members who regarded the less fortunate as dirt. However it is important how Charlotte has created a lot of sympathy and pity through the changes and the bullying Jane has to put up with in the beginning. This prepares us for the rest of the novel because we hope that Jane will become stronger when she grows up and she'll want to become independent and achieve what she dreams of. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Ingle-Finch 10CP ...read more.

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