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Show how the writer enlists the sympathy of the reader for Jane in chapter one of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

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Show how the writer enlists the sympathy of the reader for Jane in chapter one of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is a young girl of ten. She has been left with the Reeds who are relatives of her family. Head of the family is Master John Reed who is a fourteen year old boy and he continually bullies Jane. He is the heir to the family's wealth. He has two sisters, one called Eliza (Lizzy for short) and one called Georgiana (Georgie for short). In charge of the family at this time is "Mama." Charlotte Bronte uses first person narration when telling the story through Jane. This has the effect of allowing us to see things from Jane's point of view, although perhaps just how the writer thinks Jane would feel at this time. Jane offers us a description, "the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre and rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question," and her feelings, " I trembled at the thought of being dragged forth by the said Jack." We get to see things as she seen them and experience things as she did. ...read more.

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We feel sympathy for Jane as it is not her fault that she is in the position she is. After dinner, Master John Reed comes looking for Jane, but because she is hidden from view by the curtain, he cannot see her. He is not the brightest and so he tells Georgie and Lizzy she is not there, Lizzy immediately points out to her that she is in the window seat, behind the curtain. Jane says, "I trembled at the thought of being dragged forth by John." As this is in the first person tense, it shows how Jane is feeling and therefore we feel sympathy for her because she feels threatened by him. He bullies her further by saying that he wants her to come to him. John's physique was much greater than Jane's and he was fourteen - four years older than Jane. The writer says, "John had not much affection for his mother and sisters, and he had an antipathy for me. He bullied and punished me, not two or three times in the week, nor twice in a day, but continually." Here the writer is trying to make the reader feel sorry for Jane by telling us how she is bullied and punished by someone to which she can do nothing. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would make Jane feel as if she really wasn't wanted and that she was just a parasite. He then tells her to stand away from all windows and mirrors and then he hurled the book at her. She fell and hit her head. The writer tells us that the pain was sharp and the terror had passed its climax. Jane started telling him how he was a tyrant and a slave driver. John said he will tell Mamma, but before that, he runs at her. He grabbed her hair. He forced her to the ground and Jane does not know what is happening or what she is doing, but she manages to force him off. Georgie and Lizzy had run for Mrs Reed and when she came upon the scene she took John's side and had Jane taken upstairs to be locked in the red-room. The whole account is very sad and it grasps the reader. You can't help feeling sorry for Jane, but this is only one side of the story. Perhaps this is biased and that it is only what the writer thought would be going through Jane's mind at the time. I think though that this is a good account of the story and that Jane really was being treated unfairly by the family and especially Master John. ...read more.

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