• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Romantic poetry and ninetheenth century novel - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Title: Romantic Poetry and the Nineteenth Century Novel The texts studied offer a variety of human situations. In some, the principal character or characters are obviously social beings; in others, they are isolated, either literally of figuratively. Considering two of them assess the ways in which the main protagonists are presented. In literary terms, how effectively do the writers explore the life stories of such individuals? 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte and 'Tintern Abbey' by William Wordsworth both integrate characters that appear to be isolated. In these two texts it is interesting that the poetic speaker and the fictional narrator are the isolated characters and that Bronte and Wordsworth have both taken events from their own lives and adapted them into these texts. The main idea that I am going to discuss relates to the view that the two characters in the texts are both similar in the way that they are both seen to be isolated. Although they do show appear social at times, the fact that they are isolated is most obvious. In many ways the speaker in the poem and the fictional narrator choose to be isolated and bring isolation upon themselves. They both make choices which affect their isolation. In 'Tintern Abbey' the speaker chooses to go walking alone and seems happy with his isolation. It is not something that he is afraid of, if anything he embraces the opportunity to be detached and reflects on the advantages of being in a remote place alone. ...read more.

Middle

She has to continually try to gain respect in a society that does not value her or her talents throughout her life journey. As she grows into an adult and finds love in Rochester Jane begins to feel happier. However she is forced to isolate herself by fleeing Thornfield when she finds out Rochester is already married. Throughout the novel Bronte shows the reader how Jane develops during the journey of life and the reader can identify how she is isolated. At Gateshead she is still a child and is bullied and locked in the red-room, when she leaves for Lowood she moves into girlhood and is isolated once again when her friend Helen Burns dies. Jane is an adolescent when first at Thornfield, is forced to leave here at one point and is destitute for several days. Jane also seems to grow psychologically in Volume I Chapter10 shown by the use of repetition "I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer." Jane realises that she has the inner resources to escape her isolation at this point in her life. Jane eventually reaches maturity at Marsh End and becomes fulfilled with her marriage to Rochester. The structure is suggestive of growth and supports the theme by showing the reader how Jane is isolated as she develops. The structure of the novel is therefore effectively that of a Bildungsroman, or a 'novel of development', in which the protagonist's growth is traced through childhood, into adulthood and maturity. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are many references in 'Jane Eyre' to nature, in particular birds and Jane is aware of her isolation when she likens herself to the "stray and stranger birds" that Rochester throws crumbs to. After Jane has run away from Rochester her heart becomes "impotent as a bird" that "with both wings broken...still quivered its shattered pinions in vain attempts to seek him", again Jane is aware that she has made herself alone and isolated and she cannot cope. When Jane has fled from Thornfield and she is destitute and starving for days, looking for someone to give her a home St John likens her to "a half-frozen bird, which some wintry wind might have driven through their casement." These many references to birds and nature to reflect Jane's isolation compare to 'Tintern Abbey' in several ways. The whole poem is structured around the theme of nature and how the speaker walks alone and appreciates the nature and the sounds of nature that surround him. It is therefore clear that in both 'Jane Eyre' and 'Tintern Abbey' nature is symbolic of the main protagonists' isolation. The two texts are both written in the form of first person narrative. Because 'Jane Eyre' consists of a first person narrative we largely see events and characters from Jane's point of view and this gives the story a high degree of authenticity. This also creates a very close bond between the narrator and the reader, therefore we are able to really comprehend how isolated Jane feels, her thoughts about it and we are able to empathise with her. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. How does Charlotte Bronte Use setting to convey the experiences of her characters?

    Broklehurst, standing on the hearth with his hands behind his back, majestically surveyed the whole school.' This indicates his power over the girls. He's standing with his back to the fire, which shows he doesn't want the warmth because he's a cold hearted man.

  2. By Looking Closely At The Central Relationship, Consider To What Extent Jane Eyre and ...

    more romantic, hence Jane Eyre does build the romance up to the proposal similar to previous romance novels. In addition to this the intimacy between Jane and Rochester during the proposal and also the passion of the proposal when Rochester makes Jane jealous of Lady Ingram only to reveal that

  1. "Jane Eyre is a typical novel of its time". Discuss.

    Most people, or certainly most men, were quite happy with their way of life, which is most likely why they were so outraged at Jane's rebellion against reality in 'Jane Eyre'. Jane's continuous questioning of the way of life, and also her role in life lead to many readers questioning their role; and people did not like this.

  2. How much more is 'Jane Eyre' than just a piece of romantic fiction?

    This again is different from the typical romance by questioning death and God. Religion is brought up again when Jane refuses to put her happiness first and become Mr. Rochester's mistress. "I wanted to be weak that I might avoid the awful passage of further suffering I saw laid out

  1. How does Bronte show the reader Jane's resilience to events that occur in the ...

    Jane deals with St John's proposal cleverly, offering to go with him as a helper rather than a wife, knowing that this would not suit St John. Jane uses strong words to get her point across. For example: "My dear cousin, abandon your scheme of marriage - forget it" This

  2. Jane Eyre - Was she a woman of her times?

    It is also at Lowood that Jane meets Helen Burns, and despite their different characters, the two become close friends, with Helen having quite an influence over the young Jane. At Lowood Jane encounters girls the same age, and in the same situation as herself and for the first time sees how different she is from girls of her time.

  1. How Charlotte Bronte makes the reader sympathy towards Jane Eyre in the opening chapters

    Bessie then tried to be nice to Jane by saying you should be nice to Mrs reed if you like her or not as she is your benefactress and if she turns you away you will be forced to live in the poor house- "You ought to be aware, Miss,

  2. Is the character of Jane Eyre 'the personification of an unregenerate and undisciplined spirit ...

    it is almost as if this speech is the climax of many years of pent-up anger and frustration that has finally been released. Jane's later use of the expression "you are like a slave driver" suggest her feelings of confidement under the authority of Reed and the other more poerful individuals within her household.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work