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Write about the opening chapter in the novel Jane Eyre showing how Bronte establishes Jane's character and engages with her reader, you should look particularly at: -The way Bronte presents the incident to the reader -How Jane's response reflects her character. -The story's setting language and historical context. The opening chapter of Jane Eyre very effectively draws you into the plot of the story and tempts you to read on. It does this by making you empathise with the main character, Jane Eyre. The story is told in first person by the older Jane looking back on her childhood. The fact that she is so involved in the tale allows readers to feel closer to the character and it brings you into the book. The book opens with Jane Eyre, a ten year old girl it does not seem as if she is 10 because of her great knowledge and wide vocabulary. We straight away find out where she is living "We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning" In those days people who took walks in shrubbery's were rich and had very large houses this tells us Jane Eyre is living with very rich people. As there is no mention of Jane's parents I assume she is not living with them and is living with Mrs Reed who is mentioned in the passage. ...read more.


"Say, What do you want, Master Reed?'" was the answer. "I want you to come here;" and seating himself in an arm-chair, he intimated by a gesture that I was to approach and stand before him. We see here that John is controlling Jane and enjoys bossing her around Charlotte Bronte gives us a clear picture of John Reed "John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities." "John had not much affection for his mother and sisters, and an antipathy to me. He bullied and punished me; not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually" This quote shows us that John Reed is a very moody person he doesn't really like anybody it also shows that he enjoys bullying Jane all the time. When John hits poor Jane no one seems to say anything or stop him. "The servants did not like to offend their young master by taking my part against him, and Mrs. Reed was blind and deaf on the subject: she never saw him strike or heard him abuse me, though he did both now and then in her very presence, more frequently, however, behind her back" even the servants do not say anything because they don't want to lose their jobs. ...read more.


I really saw in him a tyrant, a murderer. I felt a drop or two of blood from my head trickle down my neck, and was sensible of somewhat pungent suffering: these sensations for the time predominated over fear, and I received him in frantic sort" here we see John Reed and Jane fight Jane has been badly hurt and is bleeding. Charlotte Bronte makes us realise that everyone is on John's side by telling the reader "Aid was near him: Eliza and Georgiana had run for Mrs. Reed, who was gone upstairs: she now came upon the scene, followed by Bessie and her maid Abbot. We were parted: I heard the words" "Dear! dear! What a fury to fly at Master John!" "Did ever anybody see such a picture of passion!" Then Mrs. Reed subjoined - "Take her away to the red-room, and lock her in there." Four hands were immediately laid upon me, and I was borne upstairs. In the last conversation we really feel sorry for Jane because she hadn't done anything wrong also Mrs Reed knows very well what her sons like but then again even if Mrs Reed wanted to hit Jane she couldn't so her son was a good excuse. Charlotte Bronte captivates the reader and makes them read on, Bronte makes the reader feel as if they have a relationship with Jane and also the reader will want to know what secret is behind the 'red room'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ...read more.

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