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"Jane Eyre"

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English Coursework - "Jane Eyre" "Jane Eyre" is a passionate story following the development of a young girl from childhood at Gateshead to adulthood at Ferndean. Charlotte Bronte takes on the persona of Jane and gives us a retrospective account, focusing on keys points of Jane's life in order to manipulate our sympathy for Jane. The novel is divided into definitive sections that correspond to Jane's moral development, and through analysis of her time at Gateshead, we can see that this is a character forming period in her life. By the end of the opening section Jane is fully established as a vulnerable orphan child and through the use of various narrative devices Bronte ensures our continued sympathy for her heroine. The writer uses a number of narrative techniques throughout the novel to create and sustain our sympathy for Jane. Within the opening paragraphs of the novel the use of the first person narrative is evident: "I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight." The use of the first person narrative is very effective in evoking sympathy as it enables us to enter Jane's stream of consciousness and creates empathy between the reader and Jane. Bronte's employment of sympathetic background further sustains our sympathy for Jane as the use of nature reflects Jane's feelings of desolation and the hostility she is shown at Gateshead. ...read more.

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Bronte further sustains our sympathy for Jane by revealing that Mrs. Reed was complicit in John's cruel treatment and bullying of Jane. We are told, "she was blind and deaf on the subject" and her failure to reprimand him for his actions evokes a deep sense of injustice as we are reminded Jane had "no appeal". This also underlines how alone and isolated Jane felt with no one whom to confide or act on her behalf. The reader admires and supports Jane as her passion erupts when she retaliates for the first time. At last she has the courage to defend herself but she is met with the injustice of the adult world siding with the bully, denouncing her with, "What a fury to fly at Master John!" This heightens our sympathy for Jane as no explanation is required for her actions and Mrs. Reed is revealed to be very biased and unjust when dealing with the situation. The act of banishing Jane to the Red-Room further evokes our sympathy, as Jane is not given the opportunity to defend herself and again her vulnerability and intense isolation is reinforced. Jane's choice of reading material has already established her as an imaginative child with an extremely active mind so we feel it was very cruel to lock away a girl with such a vivid imagination, especially in a room with a notorious reputation. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lloyd, a stranger, as the only person to be gentle and show compassion to her. Bronte, again, effectively maintains our sympathy for Jane during Bessie's ballad. Bessie's song inadvertently makes Jane cry as the lyrics reflect her sadness, loneliness and isolation, and ironically epitomize Jane's situation: "God, in His mercy, protection is showing, Comfort and hope to the poor orphan child." The section concludes with Jane revealing to Mr. Lloyd how unhappy she is at Gateshead Hall and that she would like to leave, embracing the idea of school saying, " I should indeed like to go to school." For Jane, school represented a form of escapism and her ready acceptance of the idea is an indication of her utter misery at Gateshead. We feel sympathetic towards Jane here, as she is willing to embrace an opportunity in order to leave Gateshead Hall behind and distance herself from it. Throughout the opening section of this novel, Charlotte Bronte gradually exposes Jane's tragic and pitiful background and effectively evokes our sympathy for Jane as she is firmly established as an unwanted, vulnerable orphan. By the end of chapter three, Bronte has fully revealed Jane's sad situation exposing her details gradually; for example her father and mother's deaths: "my mother took the infection from him, and both died within a month of each other." This ending of chapter three compounds our sympathy for Jane and it prepares us for the unhappy events that follow in Jane's life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ciara Smith 12-7 ...read more.

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