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'Jane Eyre' - Prose Study

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Introduction

Look carefully at the opening chapters of 'Jane Eyre' and explore some of the ways in which Bront� is preparing the reader to follow the fortunes of her heroine. 'Jane Eyre' still remains one of the greatest novels today. First published by Charlotte Bront� in 1984, during her early thirties. In the 19th century there was a strong stage of stereotypes, as it was thought that men were far more intellectual and superior than women, with this act, Bront� published her book under the false male name, Currer Bell. The novel is about a young girl, Miss Eyre, falling in love with the Lord and Master of Thornfield Manor, Mr. Rochester. Their love is tied to their tiresome troubles and each of their own personal hidden secrets, making a moving novel to read. Different styles of language are modified to make the opening chapters entertaining for the reader, catching their attention and compelling him/her to read on. The writer achieves this by applying emphasis on many issues including the way Jane Eyre is treated and punished; this also makes the reader begin to feel sympathetic towards the character. The author is able to establish an atmosphere in which Jane Eyre is revealed as an unusual child, where she is subject to loathsome abuse by the servants and relatives: ...read more.

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Maintaining the reader's interests is another task which the novelist, Bront� achieves by allowing the older Jane's remarks sound as though she is also reading the novel at the same time, with the reader. This lets the reader feel more relaxed, this style is somewhat special and different since not many other novels include this. In some remarks the older Jane explains or apologises for her feelings. One time Jane says, "Yes, Mrs. Reed, to you I owe some fearful pangs of mental suffering. But I ought to forgive you, for you know not what you did." "I ought to forgive you." This shows Jane feels she should forgive Mrs. Reed for the deeds she has already done yet Jane does not apologise or excuse her due to the scars of her childhood, from Mrs. Reed, which are etched too deep. Jane Eyre is set out as a deep thinker, Bront� having made her character a smart girl, reading and studying other well known Novels: "I returned to my book - Bewick's History of British Birds" Her thoughts suggest her analysing the novel: "Each picture told a story; mysterious often to my undeveloped understanding and imperfect feelings, yet ever profoundly interesting." ...read more.

Conclusion

Using language to create a specific atmosphere is quite hard yet this author finds it simple, adding to the attention of the reader, by using detailed description and letting the reader add, with his/her own imagination, to the built up of an image to show what is happening. Lastly the modern reader would react almost utterly different to a reader from the 19th century as religion, social class and gender relations have all changed since then. Most people from the 19th century would find it ordinary to punish a child as thoughtlessly as they did and have the child endure it: "Mrs. Reed, impatient of my now frantic anguish and wild sobs, abruptly thrust me back and locked me in, without farther parley. I heard her sweeping away; and soon after she was gone, I suppose I had a species of fit: unconsciousness closed the scene." Yet if this happened in the 21st Century help would be given to the child and either the parent or career taken away or placed in jail. Bront� slowly reveals Jane's life and seeds thoughtful twists into the novel intriguing the reader but at the same time making the reader's curiosity grow, yearning to find out how Jane Eyre's life carries on. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gary Chew ...read more.

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