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Throughout chapters one to four Jane Eyre's background proves to play a very important part in her character.

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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre's character chapters one to four Throughout chapters one to four Jane Eyre's background proves to play a very important part in her character. Jane is a ten-year-old orphan whose parents died when she was only one year old. She is physically inferior to most people and has a plain countenance; these characteristics influence her personality and her behaviour towards people very strongly. Jane is not a pretty girl, and believes that this is the reason she is unloved. Mrs Reed tells Jane that she is 'less than a servant', so she develops wittiness and a strong spirit to be noticed and praised. For nine years, she has lived with her unloving Aunt Reed, and her three terrible cousins: John, Eliza and Georgiana. John abuses her; he hits and bullies her continuously. Jane tolerates this for most of her life and then suddenly has an outburst at the age of ten, when she hits John, and finally sticks up for herself. ...read more.


Rebellion is quite a strong theme in the book, as Jane rebels against the Reeds' many times in chapters one to four. Firstly, Jane hits John after he throws a book at her, which knocks her into the door and, as a result, Jane cuts her head badly. Then, when being carried up to the Red Room as a punishment, Jane 'resisted all the way'. Jane is also cheeky to Mr Brocklehurst, and answers him back when he asks what she will do to avoid going to hell. She answers 'I must keep in good health, and not die'. Spirits are symbolised throughout the chapters, for example, when Jane looks in the mirror of the Red Room she sees what she thought to be 'like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp'. Jane might have seen this image for several reasons. The most likely reason for Jane seeing herself as this is that she picked up an imagination from all of the stories that Bessie had read to her of fantasy creatures 'coming out of lone ferny dells in moors'. ...read more.


In this book, Bront� conveys character by using first person narrative throughout; sometimes, the older Jane looks back and reviews her actions. 'I had nothing to say to these words: they were not new to me: my very first recollections of existence included hints of the same kind. This reproach of my dependence had become a vague sing-song in my ear: very painful and crushing, but only half intelligible.' Bront� also uses animal imagery to describe Jane, for example 'You rat', 'Rat! Rat!' and 'Bad animal'. Jane's moods are reflected through the weather, using pathetic fallacy. 'The cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating', is a gloomy reflection of her mood. In conclusion, I have found that Jane's personality has led her to trouble and rebellion in the Reed's household. Jane is a bright girl, with a vivid imagination but has become rebellious because she is abused, bullied and uncared for by a horrid family who broke a promise to look after her. Anna Davies, 10 Du 1 ...read more.

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