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Jane Eyre's character through chapters 1-4.

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Jane Eyre's character through chapters 1-4 In Chapter 1, Jane's strong personality starts to develop. Jane lives in a grand house which belonged to the late Mr Reed. His widow Aunt Reed and their three children Master John, Eliza and Georgiana live in the house with Jane. It soon becomes apparent that Jane is not very happy. There are a number of things which lead us to conclude this. There is a use of 'Pathetic Fallacy'; which is where the mood is mirrored by the weather. An example of this is when Charlotte Bronte writes: "the cold winter wind brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating". There is also a mention of her physical inferiority to Mrs' Reed's children particularly her weakness compared to them. Jane feels really unhappy. This is later confirmed by the fact that this is said: "she really must exclude me from privileges intended only for contented, happy little children' It also needs to be included that later on in the text we read that Jane is so unhappy that she hides away to read books. She hides herself behind thick curtains in a deserted room to read 'Bewick's History of British Birds'. ...read more.

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The commotion brings Mrs Reed and she refuses to let Jane out, Jane is locked up once more. However it is all too much for Jane she: "had a species of fit: unconsciousness closed the scene" At the beginning of Chapter 3 Jane wakes up in the nursery to find Mr Lloyd (the servant's apothecary) and Bessie by her bed. The fact that Mrs Reed sent for the servant's apothecary rather than a physician (which she would send for when she needed one, or her children,) shows exactly what she thought about Jane. Mr Lloyd knows that Jane has depression and feels that he does need to find out the reason for this. However he knows, as the narrator said: "children can feel, but they cannot analyse their feelings". Jane feels unfairly treated and tries to make Mr Lloyd understand this but cannot manage. However, Mr Lloyd does get the feeling that Jane's treatment at Gateshead is harsh and suggests that she should go to school. "The child ought to have a change of air and scene". Chapter four is Jane's final time at Gateshead. At the beginning of the chapter Jane is waiting for more news about going to school. ...read more.

Conclusion

She tries to contain her thoughts but knew she had to speak her mind: "I am not deceitful: if I were I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you". She also told Mrs Reed how terrible she is and that she will: "let everybody at Lowood know what you are, and what you have done". In conclusion, I believe that Bronte is successful with her portrayal of Jane's Character. Throughout these 4 chapters I can feel the despair, isolation and loneliness. Her strength, rebellion and forceful character became evident later. The fact that it is all told in 1st person narrative also adds to the whole atmosphere. The person (Jane) is saying everything from their point of view which I think adds more feeling. It is also effective having the views of the ten your old and then the older Jane (authorial voice) who comes through every now again to explain certain things. An example of this is when the older Jane explains that she now understands why she suffered. She says that at the time she didn't understand it, but after many years she sees it 'clearly'. The author creates feelings of compassion in the reader, as you feel sorry for her. You can empathise with her. You feel her unhappiness and can relate to her fears in the 'red room'. By Kirsty-Anne Luke ...read more.

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