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How Is the Theme of Isolation Shown In Jane Eyre.

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HOW IS THE THEME OF ISOLATION SHOWN IN JANE EYRE (THE FIRST 23 CHAPTERS) Isolation is when one is secluded form the rest of their community. Charlotte Bronte shows us two types of isolation. There is Physical isolation where certain characters are part of their communities but they are considered to be non-existent. The second type of isolation is mental. Bronte shows us the mental turmoil that some characters suffer. Isolation is experienced early in the book. We see the young Jane, refraining form the activities the Reed children take part in. She prefers to sit alone, hiding in the small breakfast-room, whilst the Reeds a playing joyfully and enjoying their childhood. in preference of playing she reads books which have complex language. This act of reading emphasises her yearning for company. Jane also experiences isolation when she compares herself to her cousin sisters. At a young age she notices their differences, hence, she considers herself plain and inferior to them. ...read more.

Middle

During this period she never returns to Gateshead, hence remaining ignorant of the outside world which is not centred around Lowood. She also continues to think she has no relatives because Mrs Reed refuses to notify her of her uncle's whereabouts. Whilst at Lowood, Jane is a victim of Mr Brocklehurst's punishment. He is under the guise that Jane is a wicked child. He tarnishes Jane's image by informing the entire school she is bad. As a punishment, she is instructed to stand in the centre of the schoolroom on top of a chair. This results in Jane attracting everyone's attention. Jane's acceptance to this punishment is very ironic because previously Helen Burns received the same punishment and Jane's reaction was, 'I would be unable to stand in the middle of the room' It is also hypocritical because she is doing something she claimed she would be unable to do. Since she non-defiantly accepts her punishment, it connotes that she is fearful of Mr Brocklehurst and she is accepting isolation from the rest of the school, hence showing a change in character. ...read more.

Conclusion

From this statement, it shows that she acknowledges that she cannot converse with the servants because they are not as learned as she is. At one time, she says the following statement concerning Mrs Fairfax. 'Mrs Fairfax turned out to be what she appeared, a placid-tempered, kind-natured, of competent education and average intelligence' She considers her to be at a lower level of intelligence; hence, she finds difficulty conducting intellectual discussions with her. At times Jane has the opportunity to speak to Mr Rochester, but he is usually away from Thornfield hall. At one period, Rochester leaves Thornfield abruptly. Since Jane has become accustomed to his presence, she seeks to know his whereabouts. However, she can only rely on information from Mrs Fairfax. Charlotte Bronte shows us the development of Jane. In the first chapter, we see Jane experiencing isolation in the Reed household. This isolation continues to develop throughout the novel. Since the book is written in the first person singular, we only know about the isolation of one character. Imagery is created using descriptive language. This technique emphasises isolation as one of the major topics in the novel. ...read more.

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