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What do we learn about the character of Jane in the first two chapters of 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte wrote the book of 'Jane Eyre' in 1847. In the Victorian era women were not equal to men and they were classified as the property of their husbands, also this attitude could be seen and tolerated towards children. Children could not talk until they were ordered to answer some questions or told to talk with someone. The book is a critique of the Victorian assumptions of gender and social class. In addition Bronte put some autobiographical elements into the story of 'Jane Eyre' which can be recognised throughout the story of Jane such as when Jane's friend Helen Burns dies from tuberculosis recalls the death of Bronte's sisters, Maria and Elizabeth. I think that Bronte was right and wrote a good book about the society in the Victorian era. She made the book into an informal text so every person in the era could understand the unfair situations in their lifetime towards women and children. There are three themes in the book named 'Jane Eyre'. In the first sentences of the book we read about the first theme, the introduction theme of isolation. The hook inside the chapter is the first person narrative style and Jane is the protagonist. ...read more.


He also tries to show Jane's social inferiority towards him by saying 'you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentleman's children'. John also provokes Jane by throwing a book at her 'it hit me and I fell'. After his provocation Janes attitude changes and she attacks John with words like 'Wicked and cruel boy' and when John attacks she strikes back to stand up for herself. The climax in the chapter is that the other Reeds find them and they take Jane to the red-room as a punishment for attacking John 'take her away to the red-room'. I feel that the decision is unfair and at least one person should be on Jane's side in the discussion. The tension elevates even more, after the attack at John Reed Mrs. Reed commands the nurse and the maiden to send or put Jane into the red-room by force. The red room throws up many questions like 'What is the red- room?' or else but the red-room is the place where Mr. Reed died. Unlike the starter setting of the first chapter this starter setting has gothic elements in it because there is a great need for them because the opening creates a worrisome and depressing mood including gothic elements. ...read more.


We learn that Jane can be scared and behave like a normal girl of her age under pressure. We learn that she can surrender when she has to but no one believes her due to her lack of luck. Jane is usually a silent but clever girl who likes reading books and can create realistic and detailed fantasy worlds for herself. Under pressure and due to the hitting and tyrannies of John Reed she can change from the silent girl into a bit wilder person who does not gives up even if she has to fight. In the red-room she changes back into a scared child and this is shown when she screams in the room and then faints when she is locked in there for the second time. I feel that she is not treated fairly even though she is not a Reed but Ms. Reed should keep her promise and should take care about Jane as she promised it to her husband. I would like at the end of the chapter or the next that the Reeds change their attitudes towards Jane so she can have a good childhood. Bronte created Jane and the setting around to show how women struggles in the Victorian era so she tried to show nearly all the women's struggles with one person so others can realize the mistreatment of most women. ...read more.

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