How does Bronte present Hopes and Fears in Chapters 1-9 of Jane Eyre?

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How does Bronte present Hopes

and Fears in Chapters 1-9 of ‘Jane Eyre?’

        Bronte makes Jane’s childhood very vivid to the reader. Childhood is an important stage of any person’s life, it prepares them for adulthood. Jane’s childhood comprises only one sixth of the book yet it is the most important part. We learn how her hopes and fears take over her mind. Jane is treated unfairly by her Aunt Reed and bullied by her cousin John. Jane’s fears have an impact on the reader, who feels sympathy towards her and hope that her life will be better. As it is a Victorian novel we expect the good and innocent to be rewarded and the evil characters to be punished by the end of the story. Hope sustains her and she has row with her aunt and leaves to go to school. This is her dream of a hope. In the 19th Century children did not have the protection of the social services or NSPCC. Some children were treated badly and were given no respect. Jane is a strong person and this makes her a confident woman later on in the novel.

        Jane’s life in the Reed’s house is upsetting for the reader, because of the way she is treated. John Reed particularly mistreats her, and this can be seen throughout the chapters. It is made clear to the reader when they have an argument, and Jane says, “You are like a murderer”. Bronte’s use of simile at this point is effective as it creates emphasis on the idea that Jane feels such hatred towards her cousin that she sees him as a “murderer”. The idea of them not getting along can be previously be seen at the start of the story when Jane seems left out when they were all in the drawing room, and she was sitting away from the others.

Bronte wants us to have a connection with Jane even though we are in different centuries. This is one of Bronte’s devices to make us think that all the characters are real. She also does this by showing hopes and fears in Jane’s life.

        When Jane enters the ‘red room’ her imagination starts to take over. Bronte shows Jane’s fear by using objects of dark colours such as ‘massive pillars’, ‘Red carpet’, ‘deep red damask,’ and ‘blinds drawn down’. Dark objects make the room very gloomy and fearful. This shows that the ‘red room’ has a very powerful effect on Jane. The dark colours come alive and scare her through her imagination. The difference in size of the objects in the ‘red room’ also make Jane fearful, ‘massive pillars’, ‘largest chamber’ and ‘two large windows’. These objects are very big compared to Jane ad make it frightful for her. Mrs. Reed puts her in there as a punishment knowing that Jane is terrified of the room, because her uncle died there when she was younger, for this reason it gives Jane feelings of anxiety and fear.

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        On the bed that she is supposed to sleep on. She fears that she’s her uncle’s ghost. In the 19th Century it was customary for the body remain in the house for few days before the funeral, allowing family and friends to pay their respects. Bronte uses listing to describe Jane’s fear and feelings effectively for example ‘Agitation’, ‘Uncertainty’, and ‘terror’.

        Bronte presents Jane’s anger by having Jane shout at Mrs. Reed. ‘I am not deceitful: ‘I do not love you’. This tells the reader that Jane expresses her feelings, and she is a bold character who tells ...

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