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Jane Eyre: Chapter 26 Essay

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Jane Eyre: Chapter 26 Essay Charlotte Bront� wrote Jane Eyre in 1847. Throughout this novel Bront� criticises and challenges some views and believes that she experienced herself within the injustice of the Victorian society. In this essay, I will be focusing on Chapter 26 to discuss the elements Bront� uses such as building up tension throughout the wedding until the discovery of Bertha. Secondly, I will be analysing the context of the novel, discussing the writing techniques Bront� uses to create an appealing novel for a 19th century audience. From the beginning of the novel, we are invited to share Jane's thoughts and feeling through the use of 1st person narrative. This allows us to share her fears and excitement. The gothic elements in the novel such as the "demonic laugh" create a sense of dread. This is heightened by the pathetic fallacy of "the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning in the night, and half of it split away" that symbolizes the happy union of Jane and Rochester and that is split in two. Therefore at the beginning of chapter 26 we are already afraid that something is going to ruin the marriage. At the start of chapter 26, Bront� presents Jane's and Mr. ...read more.

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He is emotionless, strong and cold from the outside, but inside his world is of fire which symbolizes his passion and rage as a threat. This is further emphasized as Bront� uses the repetition of the word "without" and the alliterative in the quote "without speaking, without smiling, without seeming" heightens Rochester's lack of any signs of warmth towards Jane at a time when she needs comforting making this line effective. However, Rochester's body language contrasts with his emotions indicated by his "hot and strong grasp." This suggests the heat of the fire has penetrated through the deep icy walls of his rock-like body and further suggests his difficulty in keeping in control. But, the verb "riveted" stresses his determination to keep his possession of Jane when he is likely to lose her. But, he also denies almost her rights as an individual treating her as an object. Jane does not utter a word throughout the short ceremony as she is "calm and collected" and "in no danger of swooning." which further emphasise Jane's courage in adversity contrasting with the stereotypes of the fragile Victorian Lady. Bronte emphasises Jane's strength again when the wedding party moves to the attic where we meet Bertha, the first Mrs Rochester or "the madwoman in the attic" is an intriguing subject. ...read more.

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This makes the next part of the novel inevitable, and also explains the moral purposes of Bront�, and the need for Rochester to suffer. This novel is often interpreted as a political book because it explores the idea of woman [Jane] alone, in charge of her own life and decisions. Jane could easily be described as a "feminist." She rejects the man she loves until such time as she can be his equal. She would rather be alone and independent than with Rochester on his terms. To conclude, I think that Jane Eyre is an interesting book that will appeal to readers both now and in the 19th century as some of the injustices are still occurring today. Bronte used many techniques in this book to build up tension throughout the ceremony. For example, she uses the method of 'Pathetic Fallacy' as well as many symbols of bad omens to create suspense. She also uses aspects from the history of her time like class boundaries, equality very effectively to make the reader aware of the hardships of being a woman in a patriarchal society. Another way in which Bronte creates tension is by using the shifts in power between Jane and Rochester making this chapter an effective climax to the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Salma Said 10RGM English Coursework ...read more.

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