• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Jane in Chapters 1 - 11

Extracts from this document...


How does Charlotte Bronte prepare us for character of the adult Jane in the first 11 chapters of the book? From an early age Jane is portrayed as rebellious and independent in the face of repression. This is shown when she is attacked by her cousin John and she unconsciously but brutally defends herself, and again when she is later ostracized from the rest of the family: "Here, leaning over the banister, I cried out suddenly and without at all deliberating on my words - "They are not fit to associate with me." Here Bronte singles Jane out against the Reed family and this shows the confidence Jane was beginning to develop in herself. This budding independence is later reflected in her act of sending out the advertisement for a job as a governess, "...it came quietly and naturally to my mind 'Those who want situations advertise: you must advertise in the -shire Herald.'" This independence starts of early on when Jane is often left to her own element. During the time she was excluded from family activities, she expresses in thought, "To speak truth, I had not the least wish to go into company, for in company I was very rarely noticed..." When one is left to themselves, loneliness evolves into self-sufficiency as you have no one to rely on but yourself. At another instance in the beginning of her days at Lowood school, "As yet I had spoken to no one, nor did anybody ...read more.


Jane made no use of tact or any of the various social conventions for protecting the feelings of someone with whom she had a disagreement. Her frank declaration to Mr. Brocklehurst proves this when she says, "I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it came, was objectionable: 'I must keep in good health and not die.'" The fact that Bronte makes it sound like Jane knows that what she's saying is defiant and bold, gives us the feeling that Jane has the strength and guts to speak out, even when she knows she might be reprimanded for it. However this is not in vain, Jane does not act up to gain attention or to create chaos, she is stuck in a position where even her good behaviour goes unnoticed and she is treated the same way whether she behaves acceptably or not. "However carefully I obeyed, however strenuously I strove to please her, my efforts were still repulsed". Bronte makes us acutely aware that Jane behaves this way to stand up for herself and we the readers fall on her side in sympathy and support. Furthermore, as we examine Jane's character more deeply, we see that she develops a sense of pride and self-respect. She cares much of her reputation and is highly sensitive to what the people around her think of her. When we see Mrs. ...read more.


Temple asks Jane for the truthful account of her relationship with the Reed family and Jane thinks to herself, "I resolved in the depths of my heart, that I would be most moderate - most correct; and having reflected a few minutes in order to arrange coherently what I had to say, I told her all the story of my sad childhood." I think this holds some irony that Jane was so careful not to falsely accuse her aunt of anything when narrating the story of her life with the Reeds while her aunt had no care to refrain from such things in Jane's case. Yet it is this strong conscience of Jane's that we see later on when she rejects for a time Mr. Rochester's proposal of marriage when she finds out about his already present wife Bertha. Jane's attitude about justice remains strongly with her through adulthood. As a child, she explains this doctrine to Helen when she says, "If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way; they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck without reason we should strike back again very hard...as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again." This feeling progresses into the adult Jane when she refuses to stand any nonsense from Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre is a character whose strength and individuality are remarkable for her times. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Monologue for Aunt Reed on her deathbed

    At least I can finally clear my conscience of Jane Eyre. I took my hand away, and, made my face turn rather from Jane; I made a remark that the night was warm.

  2. Analysis of passages and Mr Rochester in "Jane Eyre".

    It is raining and together with the wind that blows against the moors and faint voices are heard, all offer an extraordinary sound effect. The purpose is to recreate a vivid and dramatic scene, the reader sees through the eyes of the child.

  1. Jane Eyre. We would like to show you Jane Eyres character and ...

    Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre, was greatly influenced by the gothic movement. The Haunted Castle Thornfield is neither haunted nor a castle, but this huge house has a mysterious atmosphere. Jane loves the house as she loves its master, but parts of it are dark and gloomy: "the

  2. From your reading of Chapters 1, 2 and 26 of Jane Eyre, as well ...

    as a mane', 'a fierce cry', an instance in which the woman 'bellowed', and her 'stature almost equalling her husband', who is built athletically, so this comparison therefore reinforces Bront�'s presentation of Bertha as something of a behemoth - her name even bears a visual similarity to the words 'beast' or 'bear'.

  1. Explore the presentation of obsession in men in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and ...

    Jane into more of a 'lady', similar to women he has had failed relationships with, such as Celine Varens and Blanche Ingram, "but he would yet see me glittering like a parterre". Here, Jane is clearly uncomfortable with having her wardrobe changed and she is aware that Rochester is trying

  2. What is the significance of location in the first fifteen chapters of Jane Eyre ...

    This quote shows us that Jane is aware of her background and has formed her own opinion about it. Gateshead plays an important role in Jane's establishment of those opinions. It helps Jane develop her understanding of her background and circumstances and also allows the readers to get an insight further into her life.

  1. Jane Eyre - Development of Jane's Characters as a Child.

    Immediately we see that Lowood's religious policy does not necessarily mean that the orphans are treated well. Their food is often inedible and served in small portions, they live in cramped halls, and some of the teachers are extremely cruel.

  2. The opening chapters of Jane Eyre are not an account of childhood but rather ...

    Mrs Reed and her children are malicious towards Jane for being unhappy which is understandable, and she is banished from any family activities. Her exclusion from the family is a common theme throughout the opening chapters of the novel and portrays the harsh account of childhood.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work