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Jane Eyre - First two chapters review

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JANE EYRE COURSEWORK Charlotte Bront� was born on April 21st 1816, at Thornton, in Yorkshire. She had many brothers and sisters, two of whom died of tuberculosis before she was born. Bront� had had a hard childhood trying to keep healthy and had been very unhappy at school, and the novel, Jane Eyre appears to draw on her own life and experiences in various aspects. The setting of the novel is in the Victorian Times, when a woman's place was at home and the husband's earning money by being a landowner or pursuing a profession. Bront� has created a heroin but has still made the character, Jane, to have a difficult childhood like herself (orphaned and penniless Jane being treated unfairly by her relatives) but to make something of her life as an independent woman. In the first two chapters of the novel, the author, Charlotte Bront�, establishes the background and uses a particularly exceptional technique to make us believe that Jane's relatives use her as a scapegoat and therefore this creates sympathy for her. The technique she uses in this novel, is descriptive writing to show in depth the feelings and surroundings in the first two chapters. She describes the feelings of Jane as a first person analysing herself and her own situations and how the Reed family bullies her. ...read more.


I think Mrs Reed would not believe her son, John, would be capable of abusing Jane and that John would not want to show his Mother what he was doing to Jane. Not only did he not like Jane but also had not much fondness for his Mother or his sisters either, "John hadn't much affection for his Mother and sisters". This shows the reader that they should sympathise for Jane as he doesn't care for anyone but himself and will do what he likes when he likes, and for Jane, that's totally different as she can't do what she wants as she would get told off by Mrs Reed. Before Jane's father and mother died of typhus, Mr Eyre asked Mr Reed (Jane's maternal uncle) to look after Jane if anything should happen to him. So when he did die, Jane became an orphan and went to live with him and her Aunt and three cousins. Jane's life before Gateshead Hall was quite hectic and not luxurious but they loved and practised Christianity. The Reed family had a grand house with a bit of money so why is Mrs Reed so against Jane coming to live with them? This is because Mrs Reed isn't blood related to Jane, as it was Mrs Reed's husband, who was the brother of Mrs Eyre. ...read more.


Mrs Reed, I think is a bit biased as she only probably saw Jane there and as she isn't her child, blamed her for the havoc she generated. This room reflects Mrs Reed's heart; she's cold, dark and extremely insensitive. She doesn't care for anyone's feelings and only wants to see Jane suffer. The setting of Jane being unhappy is not something we see often in modern day society, or at least we try and hope for the best for the orphans. Children, who are orphans, are put in homes that have a loving and caring family that is willing to look after and provide for the child. Unlike in Jane's case where Mr Reed was asked to look after Jane, so a promise couldn't be broken even if the family weren't in favour of having Jane. The conclusion of these two chapters is that Charlotte has created a child similar to herself and put her in situations that readers can maybe relate to and see that Jane is being treated unfairly. She also formed careless family members who regard the less fortunate as dirt and look down at them. She had definitely created a lot of sympathy and pity through the changes and bullying Jane has to put up with during the first two chapters. This prepares us for the rest of the novel because we hope that Jane will become stronger within as she grows up, she'll want to become independent and achieve what she dreams of. ...read more.

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