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To what extent are the characters ,Cassie and Jane Eyre, used by the writers to attack the evils of the socities in which the novels are set?

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English and English Literature Coursework WIDE READING (ENGLISH) PRE-20TH PROSE (ENGLISH LITERATURE) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront� Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor TASK: To what extent are the characters ,Cassie and Jane Eyre, used by the writers to attack the evils of the socities in which the novels are set? In your answer you should include: * An anlysis of of the term "caricature." * Comments on the ways in which the writers present the problems of each society. * How the character is used to support the writer's social comment. * Comments on how each novel is typical of the time in which it was written, ie. "Jane Eyre"- an early Victorian novel; "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" a 20th century novel. * A comparison of the novels. "Jane Eyre" (JE) and "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry" (ROTHMC) are both social commentaries on the way society prejudices and discriminates against certain groups. In "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry" (ROTHMC) Mildred Taylor is writing the story of Cassie and her family to show and explain to others the harsh racism that the coloured cultures of Mississippi America, receive. In "Jane Eyre" (JE) Charlotte Bront� is also commenting on how woman of the 19th century were treated differently to men and how, if a woman is a governess they are discriminated against. "JE" and "ROTHMC" are both 1st person novels. The authors use 1st person narrators as this helps the reader become quickly involved in the novel and it allows them to target Cassie or Jane's emotions and this is very important to show how they are affected by society as it shows the victim's feelings and makes the audience empathise the victim, therefore allowing Mildred Taylor and Charlotte Bront� to criticize society effectively. However there are two main disadvantages with this. Firstly the author cannot explain the background without it being told to her by someone else or shown by herself. ...read more.


Blanche Ingram is very arrogant and selfish, she talks about governesses in front of Mr Rochester and Jane as this shows how people treat those with less power then them, and this is part of Charlotte Bront�'s criticism of society. On one evening of the party Mr Rochester dresses up as a gypsy to find out firstly whether Blanche wishes to marry him for the money and secondly to see how Jane feels about him. When Blanche Ingram asks Mr Rochester as the gypsy whether Mr Rochester has much money he replies no, she then becomes very sad and angry and storms out the room. This shows that the Victorian people generally only married for money or social position and connections, but not for love. So the Victorian high-class woman only married for support as they had very little power in contrast to men. It was also fine at the time to have a man marry a high up social class woman but not for a man to marry a lower class woman, if this happened then he would be frowned upon. Jane notices Blanche's cruelty and self-centredness and realizes that Mr Rochester sees her faults also. Later, she judges Mason as having a weak character, despite his handsome looks. Jane is not fooled by appearances, unlike the highborn guests who have such a high opinion of them. Charlotte Bront� is commenting on how firstly you should not judge someone by his or her looks and secondly how the higher class treat those without looks. Jane returns to her Aunt and two remaining cousins. Jane shows her increased strength of character here: she does not take more money than she is owed from Mr Rochester and she has confidence in travelling to the Reeds as they will not intimidate her any more. She is also much more mature and is able to forgive Aunt Reed although she does not forgive Jane. ...read more.


The fire stopped the lynching but the Logans still fear that TJ might die. This ending shows how the white people take extreme action on a black boy when he accidentally killed a couple of white people. However it also has a good ending in that the community work together, black and white to save the crops. It also has a strong ending as Cassie cries for TJ, because he is receiving immense racial discrimination: 'And I cried for those things which had happened in the night and would not pass. I cried for TJ. For TJ and the land.' The fire that Papa created burned down a quarter of the Logans' cotton crop, however it was still a good thing to do. My conclusion is that both books use first person narrators to show how they are affected by the societies' prejudice and discrimination, and so make the reader empathise them and all those who are discriminated against in the same way. Both books are written in the styles of their time. Both novels attack society by having the narrator as the one who receives the harsh discrimination. The novels show how second-class the women and coloured people were treated, and these issues are still around today. If these issues were long gone it would probably not be a very successful book at all. They show how life was so different in the 1930's and in the 19th century. For example, it is now illegal to choose who an employee will employ depending on whether they are black or white, or male or female. However, in those days it was very important for an employer whether or not the employee was black or female. They show how at the time people thought so very differently on matters like education. For example, in the 19th Century girls only studied a few subjects and schooling was not at all compulsory, especially for girls. However, now it is necessary for both girls and boys to go to school until they are 16, learning a variety of subjects. ...read more.

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