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'Jane Eyre' is a book that is written in a way that draws the reader into Jane's life and emotions.

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Jane Eyre 'Jane Eyre' is a book that is written in a way that draws the reader into Jane's life and emotions. At the beginning of the book, we see nineteenth century life through a child's eyes. Jane is not treated kindly or with love and because of this we see how awfully some children were treated in the nineteenth century, so very different to our world today where that would be unacceptable to treat a child badly. The author, Charlotte Bronte was like the character she invented, so she found it easy to express Jane's emotions and thoughts. Charlotte wanted ignorant people to see the pain that she suffered in her life, for example her mother and sister's deaths. Charlotte went to a school like Lowood, so she was writing from memories, rather than what she had learned from others. I think that Jane's later life is how Charlotte would have liked her own to be. It is like many stories, even those written in the present day, which is the author's fantasy. The fairytale-like ending resembles not just any fairytale, but one in particular, Cinderella. 'Jane Eyre' is set in the early to mid nineteenth century and we see how different life today is, compared with the time which Jane lived. In the nineteenth century, school was not compulsory and that is why many people had little or even no education at all. ...read more.


Although Jane is strong willed and highly strung, she does have fears. Her greatest fear in life is of poverty and having to go to a poorhouse where she knows her life would be unimaginably painful and hard. Unfortunately, Jane was never taught that poor people shouldn't be treated as outcasts and that they still can be happy as well as poor. 'Poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.� Jane sees happiness and poverty as two totally unlinked things. Later in the book we see Jane facing her deepest fear. Jane ends up poor and alone. She does not know how to cope with this sudden poverty as she has always had a good home, even if that was for many years her school. Luckily, Jane was taken in by a clergyman and his two sisters who were as Jane later found out, by huge coincidence her own cousins! Jane wanted to go to school because it would at least get her away from Gateshead Hall. 'If I had anywhere else to go, I should be glad to leave it.� Jane's only knowledge of school is life is from John Reed and Bessie. John does not like school and this makes Jane think that she might because John and her are in no way alike. ...read more.


Mr Brocklehurst tells children that they are naughty if they don't act how he thinks they should and tells them they will go to Hell. Mr Brocklehurst is a cruel man particularly so to children and poor people. This is not very good considering he is a school superintendent. He is a cold hearted, possibly intelligent man whose intelligence is masked by what he has been taught about society. For example, he tells the girls at Lowood that they must dress plainly and be humble, the complete opposite to his wife and daughters. Surely if Mr Brocklehurst had never been taught about society's expectations he would clearly see that the girls at Lowood were no less a person than himself and his family. When Jane is a woman she meets Mr Rochester, a complex man. Mr Rochester treated Jane as an equal to himself. Instead of treating her politely and formally, he treated her as a friend, so his contrasting bad temper that had a tendency to flare up unexpectedly was not as much of a shock as it would have been if all she had heard from him was polite words. Also, the fact that Jane had had an unkind childhood helped her to deal with Mr Rochester's temper. Mr Rochester admired Jane for her courage and inner strength, and then fell in love with this passionate yet plain girl and the book conveniently ends in a marriage of the two. ...read more.

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