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Jane Eyre.

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Introduction

Jane Eyre Authors use different types of literary devices such as setting in their works to reveal theme. Setting can be described as the time and place in which an event occurs. It is a major factor in revealing plot and showing character development. The setting in The Grapes of Wrath allows the reader to see the poor conditions in the dust bowl that the Joad family was forced to live and the opportunities they had in California; however, they were unable to obtain them. Charlotte Bronte sets her story, Jane Eyre, in the 1840's, a time often refereed to as the Victorian age. By doing this, the reader can get a sense of how women are treated, and what responsibilities they were required to uphold in society. They rarely held important jobs if they were not married. Instead, they basically had two options either as a governess or a schoolteacher. If they were married they were mothers and hostesses for their husband's parties. Jane was a very strong woman for her time, as she did not allow people to mistreat her. She is on a constant search for love and goes many places to find it. As Jane travels through each place, starting at age ten in Gateshead Hall till she was nineteen in Ferndean, she matures as a result of the experiences that she has, which in turn allows her to become a strong woman. ...read more.

Middle

"Then learn from me, not to judge by appearances" (88). This was the first time in Jane's life that she felt the sense of being accepted: "I would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations, for Gateshead and its daily luxuries." (87). Lowood also allowed Jane to mature into a young lady. She learned to paint and speak French. The skills that she learned in school allowed her to get a job as a governess. After she graduated at Lowood she worked at the school for two years before accepting a job as a governess. When Jane moved into Thornfield to work, she taught one student, Adele Varens, who wasn't the daughter of the master of the house, but she was under the care of him. Mr. Rochester, the master of the house, did not live in the house he owned. He was constantly traveling because staying in the house gave him bad memories of his dead father and brother. He didn't have a good relationship with either of them and when his brother past away Thornfield was left to him because his did not have a will. Jane only knew of Mr. Rochester from Mrs. FairFax's descriptions. Mrs. Fairfax described him as a person who kept to himself. She was happy and content in her new home, yet it has many mysteries that intrigue Jane. "Thornfield was a fine old home, rather neglected of late years perhaps, but still it was a respectable place." ...read more.

Conclusion

When Jane arrived at Thornfield she saw that the house was in complete ruins. After she inquired about the house she found out that Bertha had set the house on fire by lighting Jane's old room on fire and jumped from the balcony. She also found out that Mr. Rochester had moved into seclusion into a home called Ferndean after he had lost his ability to see and his hand. Jane went to see Rochester at a house that was buried deep in the forest, it was a home owned by his father used for hunting. It also was the place that Jane and Rochester were finally reunited. Jane's return helped Rochester regain his vision and allowed them to be together. They decided to get married. "Reader, I married him" (498). Jane spent a lot of her time nursing Rochester back to health. He regained vision in one of his eyes. This home was very different than the other ones that Jane lived in, it was the one that she was truly happy in. It wasn't a fancy home but a simple one. All in all setting helps to show the theme. By allowing Jane to go through so many different settings Bronte is showing the growth that she undergoes. This growth is from a temperamental young girl to a strong married woman. Setting is one of the key ingredients in making a novel. It helps the reader to understand the story and where the character is coming from. ...read more.

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