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What Techniques does Charlotte Bronte use to establish the Character

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What Techniques does Charlotte Bronte use to establish the Character of Jane Eyre in Chapters One-Four of the Novel? In this essay I am going to analyse the novel 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte. Jane is an orphaned child sent to live with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle was her last remaining blood relative and, since he died, she has been severely neglected. She is treated like a slave and is bullied by her cousins. She was locked in a room in which her uncle died in and thought that she saw a ghost of him and fainted. The owner of Lowood boarding school comes to talk to Mrs Reed about her attending the school and Mrs Reed in spite of Jane gives him false information about Jane, telling him that she is a liar. Mr Brocklehurst never forgets what her Aunt said and uses it against her throughout her school life until it is proven that she is innocent. Jane grows up to work as a teacher at Lowood and eventually marries the wealthy Mr Rochester. I am going to show you some of the ways Charlotte Bronte uses to establish the character of Jane Eyre. One way that Bronte establishes the character of Jane Eyre is by creating characters who contrast with Jane. One of the characters that we can use as a contrast to Jane is Master John Reed: "Joan is not here: tell mama she is run out into the rain - bad animal!" ...read more.

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Another example of what people say about Jane is when she was thought to be asleep in the nursery and Bessie and Abbot were with her, she overheard Bessie saying "Missis was, she dared say, glad enough to get rid of such a tiresome, ill-conditioned child, who always looked as if she were watching everybody, and scheming plots underhand." Charlotte Bronte is obviously trying to build up the impression that Jane is bullied at home by mentioning it more than once in the novel and by different people. This again makes us want to side with Jane and feel sorry for her. We feel sorry for her because she is so badly mistreated by Mrs Reed and is always picked on by the whole family. Charlotte Bronte also uses Jane's actions a lot of the time to establish her character. A time when this is shown in the novel is when Jane describes how she is taken upstairs by Bessie and Miss Abbot: "I resisted all the way: a new thing for me, and a circumstance which greatly strengthened the bad opinion Bessie and Miss Abbot were disposed to entertain of me." This shows us that Jane is strong minded and has a lot of will power. She will never give up; if she thinks something has been given unjustly then she will fight back. ...read more.

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The reader by this time is definitely siding with Jane as she is the one who is being treated with no respect, not just by Mrs Reed, but by the entire family. I said that in this essay I would show some of the techniques that Bronte has used to show the character of Jane Eyre throughout the beginning of the novel. Bronte showed them through Jane's actions, what she says, what people say about her and also what they think about her. Also I can draw from the novel that she is still trying to establish parts of Jane at the end, she is a hard character to write about as she has lots of different actions and moods. When she was a Gateshead she is very uptight and not loved at all, because of this it creates a link with the reader and draws you into the situation and makes you side with Jane through the book. When she is at Lowood and further throughout her life she slowly begins to relax and let people into her life and they are people that really love her for who she is and they are all her friends. I also think that Bronte establishes the character very well as she doesn't give away all of Jane at the beginning, she makes you want to read more to find out what happens to Jane and how she develops her character throughout the novel. Kate Macnamara ...read more.

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