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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. This realisation is enforced when Miss Abbot says:
'You ought not to think yourself on an equality with the Misses Reed and Master Reed'
From this statement, we as readers acknowledge
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