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Write your responce to the opening chapter of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

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Introduction

Write your responce to the opening chapter of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The opening chapter of Jane Eyre very effectivly draws you into the plot of the story and tempts you to read on. It does this by making you empathise with the main character, the little girl Jane Eyre, with whom you feel very sorry for by the end of this passage. The story is told in first person by the older Jane looking back on her childhood. The fact that she is so involved in the tale allows readers to feel closer to the character and it brings you into the book. The problems with first person narration are that we are given no physical description of the persona telling the story and no objectivity is given as it is told from Jane's point of view. The book opens with Jane Eyre, a ten year old orphan, describing her homelife to us. The first line enters straight into the character's thoughts asthough we are inside her head. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." The weather is described as grey, dank and cold. ...read more.

Middle

"Mrs Reed was blind and deaf to the subject." They pull Jane from him and drag her to the spare bedroom known as "The Redroom". Charlotte Bronte encourages the reader to empathyse with Jane throughout the chapter. She separates her from the rest of the family and focuses on the unfairness of her treatment. The age difference between John, 14 and Jane, 10 persuades the reader to feel sorry for the younger girl being mistreated by her older cousin. Also she shows the injustice of the household when Jane stands up for herself at the end of the passage and still gets the blame for the arguement. The Reed family are very rich and in an upper social class. They look down on Jane and Mrs Reed only cares of her because she sees it as her duty as the only living relative of the girl. She treats her very differently to the way she treats her own children and inadvertantly influences her children's attitudes of cruelty towards Jane. We get a very clear descripion of John in this short introductury chapter. All John's faults are described by Jane and although it is a very bias view she is a very observant child and has reasoning behind every point she makes. ...read more.

Conclusion

England was ready for 'Jane Eyre's' rapid growth and Charlotte fed of the determination to be the first woman to succeed in writing an acknowledged novel. In the two years that followed Branwell, Emily and Anne all died leaving Charlotte, 30, the only surviving Bronte. She eventually married but experienced no more than a few months of happiness with her husban before dying herself in 1855 at the age of 38. By the end of the first chapter the reader is left wanting to know what happens to the character they have learnt about thoughout the passage. Her situation seems helpless and they want to experience her life and see if she discovers any kind of hope in her future. The first chapter leaves the reader feeling like they Jane on a personal level. They have thought her thoughts, felt her feelings and been in her environment and they want to continue the journey with her to discover the ending. This novel does appeal to me. It may be because the implied audience is females from adolecent upwards and I fit this description but Charlotte Bronte's writing is powerful and it draws you into the plot feeding your imagination with descriptive images and emotions of characters. ...read more.

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