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Jane Eyre Coursework By Charlotte Bronte How Bronte evokes the reader's sympathy for Jane in chapter one Jane Eyre is a classic romance novel by Charlotte Bronte based on part of the author's own days in a brutal boarding school. Jane Eyre was published in 1847 under the male pen name Currer bell, during the Victorian era when males dominated the household and society. Charlotte Bronte was brought up in Yorkshire at the time of the Industrial Revolution. The compassion of society was changing and a lot of the population was becoming urbanised. The status of women was very different from nowadays. Women had very little power in society and their education was limited. Nowadays, women are given an equal right to play an active role in society. The novel is written in the first person, narrative voice of Jane Eyre looking back on her childhood. This enables the reader to see things through her eyes and from her perspective. The effect is that, even if we see her behaving in a way we do not like, a person can understand why she behaves as she does, and share her feelings. ...read more.


She feels exposed and unprotected. A major tactic Bronte uses in this chapter is contrast between Jane and John. The two have completely different personalities and do not have a good relationship. Bronte uses images such as "fiend" and "black horned thing" as a preface to John's entrance which shows that Jane associates him with the devilish images she reads about in her book. Jane is bullied by John, physically and emotionally and is treated unjustly because of her financial status. John refers to her as "Jone" which shows his lack of concern for her identity. He has no respect for Jane and has no sympathy towards her, so he therefore continues to bully her by insulting her and calling her a "bad animal" and "you rat". These bestial metonyms perhaps influence the reader to think of Jane as wild. She is treated as if she is not an individual human being and is made to feel inferior. There are a number of characters in the novel that Jane has to "overcome". There are simple bullies like John Reed, and people in a position of greater authority, such as Mrs Reed. ...read more.


The first chapter of the novel concludes with Jane defending herself when John has been hitting her. She is not given a voice by her aunt and is immediately locked up in a room. Jane is presented as powerless and has no control whatsoever because she is outnumbered by the "four hands" which were on her. We feel sympathetic towards her because she is immediately seen as the problematic one in the situation when in fact she is the victim, but is not given the voice to explain herself. Instead, she has to accept the punishment she has been given, even if she has done nothing wrong, because she will never win. Bronte's novel was written to remind people of two things: 1. "Conventionality is not morality" meaning that following traditions is not necessarily good in itself. 2. "Self righteousness is not religion". Believing that you are good and others are evil does not mean that a person is acting in the way G-d will approve of. The novel expresses the points above and shows how unjust society was. I think Bronte's intentions were to encourage people to think more about their views on their society and perhaps to prevent the opinion of men being at the top of the household in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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