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GCSE: Charlotte Bronte
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The past comes back to haunt Mr Rochester on his wedding day. Does the reader sympathise with him or do we sympathise with Jane?
We sympathise most with Jane in many ways. I feel that the main reason is because of her past life and experiences. She grew up in house where everyone seemed to hate her. She was told she had no living relatives. They treated her badly and gave her no respect. They then sent her to a dreadful boarding school. She wasn't given enough food and drink and her clothing was poor. Many people died including her best friend. The teachers were mean and cruel, except for one.
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How does Bronts characterisation of Jane Eyre prepare the reader for her momentous decision in chapter 27?
When Mr. Rochester proposed to Jane, the departing of the two was strongly foreshadowed when "[the tree] had been struck by lighting... half of it split away" (Ch.23). It shows how the two will fall apart like the tree. Following this description, the truth of Mrs. Rochester was later revealed and Jane forced herself to leave Mr. Rochester. There are also subtle clues like the veil being torn apart. Just as Bront� prepares us for this, she similarly prepares us for Jane's decision.
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However the personification of the 'sombre clouds' could be a mirror reflection of Jane herself and how she feels. The reader can immediately notice that Jane is an unhappy child and that creates sympathy for her. The word 'so' is repeated twice the repetition emphasizes the misery that surrounds Jane or maybe it could suggest the brutality of the weather and so the harshness of Jane's predicament. Pathetic phallacy is used elsewhere many times in the novel again to create a setting which usually significantly reflects Jane's own state 'I studied the aspect of that winter afternoon, afar it offered a pale blank of mist and cloud; near a scene of wet lawn and storm beat shrub...
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Jane perceives the journey as an obligation to return, she has no desire to return back to the household. Jane is also shown to be physically smaller to her cousins. John abuses this and targets his hate towards her. Jane's silent suffering shows her lack of support and defence. She is vulnerable and is forced to obey. John is violent and aggressive towards her, "Go and stand by the door". Her blind obedience is childlike, the punishment mocks her ability to defend herself.
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His family was against it and refused. Bronte shows us that parents were looking for beneficial marriages for their children. In this case, the marriage attempt was based on love but it was rejected due to the contrast in class. However, Georgiana and the Lord were determined to marry and eloped secretly together, yet their plan was foiled as Eliza informed Mrs Reed. Again Bronte here shows that it was difficult to marry for love as families were against it if there were no benefits.
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A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany" and dark atmosphere "daylight began to forsake the red room". The overall atmosphere created by this gothic setting gives the text more depth and therefore exerts a greater pull on the reader. Bronte would have wanted to draw her readers in as early as possible and adding this particular device so early on ensures this. Other examples of gothic setting include the "white, broad, lonely" moors "where the heather grows deep and wild to their very verge" when Jane runs away from Thornfield to the manor itself the most stereotypical gothic setting, the dark and mysterious castle.
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He is the benefactor of Lowood and the girls' pompous dictator. Charlotte Bront� tries to highlight how the children were treated in a "charity school", she uses the word "institution" in the name as the connotations associated with the word, because "institution" sounds like the girls have done something bad to be in there. Jane even comments on how Mr Brocklehurst wants to "brand me as a bad child for ever" (JE:64)and make "disclosures of my villainy" (JE:64). By using such negativity she creates a horrible, cold, grim setting for a to child live their youth and through this she creates sympathy from the reader, once again reinforcing her arguments effectively.
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How does Bront create Interest, and make the reader keen to read on, in the Opening Two Chapters of Jane Eyre'?
Jane, as both a character and a narrator, develops immensely throughout these two chapters. The reader starts off not even knowing who is speaking. Bront� does mention, however, "we" in the first paragraph; then narrows it down to "I" in the second; and finally "Jane" near to the end of the third. The reader's relationship with Jane starts off as a negative one; with Jane complaining about the "dreadful" walk home; "nipped" fingers and the fact she is "heart saddened" due to Bessie telling her off - all of these subtle things Bront� puts into this novel is what helps hook the reader so much.
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Although Mr Rochester tells us the story behind his and Bertha's marriage and how she ended up locked in the room on the third floor, there is still an air of mystery around her and when she is first described by Jane's own eye, the reader cannot help but be fascinated and appalled at the same time. Jane describes her first experience of seeing Bertha as '...at the farther end of the room, a figure ran backwards and forwards. What it was, whether beast or human being, one could not, at first sight, tell...', although a horrible, chilling description, the reader is left enthralled and yearns to know more.
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He fells that its unfair that Jane the outsider should be a burden upon his mother "...You are a dependant, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not live with Gentlemen's children like us... at our mamma's expense". He also believes that Jane has no Heritage and that everything in the house belongs to them the Reeds, "you have no business to take our books". He bullies her and puts her down telling her "you have no right to be here".
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Jane presents her furious threats through her unambiguous words, as opposed to simply shouting at her Aunt, therefore there is no need for exclamations. Similarly, in later life, Jane's passionate nature responds to Mr.Rochester's passionate nature and despite their being in totally different social class, they find love. Therefore Jane declares her love to him when she says, 'I have known you Mr Rochester; and it strikes me with terror and anguish to feel I absolutely must be torn from you for ever."
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Being brought up in this Victorian era, the middle-class environment, which Jane had been brought up in, meant that she should behave and look a certain way. However, even from an early age, Jane represented an alternative view to how an ideal girl of ten was thought of. During the openings of the novel, Jane is shown as a quiet and sombre character. Bronte uses pathetic fallacy with remarks such as; 'clouds so sombre and a rain so penetrating' to reflect the way in which Jane is feeling.
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were the clear panes of glass, protecting but not separating me from the dreary November day' Jane has shut herself away in a room, drawn the curtains so she's further away, she's separated herself from the rest of the family but she can see the grim weather outside, however it is not effecting her. The panes of glass imitate the fact that Jane can see through the glass but can't quite get there. Glass is fragile and can break, but Jane cant break through the glass can't get away from the family.
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It then goes on and tells us about dinner so we get an idea of her usual routines. We feel more involved now knowing this. This scene is set in the house of the Reed family - Mrs Reed, her 3 children Eliza, John and Georgiana, the maids Abbot and Bessie and of course Jane. It is a miserable day outside, 'the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating'. This is outside but inside the atmosphere reflects the weather, it is miserable and Jane certainly is feeling this.
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Through her presentation of Jane, how does Charlotte Bronte challenge conventional ideas of her time?
For example: 'I am not deceitful; if I were, I should say I loved you, but I declare I do not love you' - page 43 Mrs Reed constantly tries to suppress any uniqueness Jane possesses and forces her to treat her cousins like royalty due to her 'low' rank. In these cases, Bessie tries to advise young Jane. An example is below: You ought not to think yourself on an equality with the misses Reed....it is your place to be humble, and try to make yourself agreeable to them' - page 9 Jane is continually contradicting her aunt's ethos by answering back to her family.
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Jane is portrayed as a quiet little girl, who is not particularly pretty, but a nice girl minding her own business. Then Master John finds her and is very spiteful. When Jane retaliates she is not believed by her aunt & is very severely punished. This particular section gives the setting for the entire first two chapters. It tells the reader that Jane is an outsider in the Reed household. She is bullied & unloved. During this time Bronte is trying to build a sense of sympathy for Jane that will carry through with the reader for the whole story.
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At the start of chapter 26, Bront� presents Jane's and Mr. Rochester's wedding as unconventional. She does this initially by creating the sense of speed that Rochester imposes on Jane. The writer uses words such as "hurried" "tarry" and hastened" which creates suspicion as to the cause. This is in contrast to the expectations of a conventional wedding where the couples take time planning their big day. Then, Bront� continues to develop that apprehension by describing Jane, the heroine and narrator of the novel. She describes Jane's reflection while wearing her wedding dress as "the image of a stranger" allowing Bronte to indicate that the marriage and her role in it are somehow unnatural and wrong.
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Whenever Mr Rochester has guests at his mansion; his guests made remarks and comments about Adele's actions. The storyline of Jane Eyre is a reflection of Charlotte Bronte's life as it was an autobiography. For instance, as in Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte's parents died and she was sent to her aunt to be taken care of. When she was at her aunt's house she was treated badly. Jane Eyre is full of erotic tension, passion and irony; three characteristics that distinguish Jane Eyre from any other Victorian time book. Furthermore, Jane Eyre was written in the view point of a child, this was unseen in any books at that time.
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How does Bront present the feelings between Jane and Mr. Rochester in the chapters in which the guests visit Thornfield and how does this affect the way the reader perceives events later in the book?
I think that 'poignant pleasure' is a very vivid oxymoron as it brings across the feeling of both happiness and despair at the situation. The alliteration helps set off the imagery, with the words 'precious', 'poignant', 'pleasure' and 'pure' stand out and convey strong feelings and make the important words in the sentence seem both visually pleasing and noticeable when read out loud. The words 'pure gold' are words that convey much romantic imagery to the reader, as gold is a metal that is linked in the mind to riches and ultimately to romance such as with gold rings.
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Bronte's use of descriptive language here gives you a mental image of the day and symbolises the fact that Gateshead is a very negative and gloomy place. It also sets the tone for all of the moments in the story where something is going wrong or just not according to plan, and Jane has no control over that event or take any action to change it. The next time we see Jane Eyre is when she is a child at Gateshead.
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I know that Mrs Reed and Jane have a relation with each other and I notice that Jane refers to her as Mrs Reed this shows that Jane may not be very close to this person therefore calls her Mrs Reed. As we read on we find out more about Jane's character she doesn't like the long walks and as it is cold and wet there was no way they could go .In the Early decades of the 19th century children were not supposed to play and make too much noise they were taught to go on long walks and act like mature adults.
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In the novel the protagonist is Jane Eyre. She is a ten year old girl who is abused, bullied and alienated by her three cousins and aunt. Her cousin John Reed is the worst of all as he treats her like a piece of dirt. It's like she is the piece of dirt and he is the Hoover sucking up all her desires and ambitions. He also physically abuses her, for example, in the first chapter Jane has an outburst and expresses her true feelings towards John, as a reaction he turns and launches a book at her.
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'Jane Eyre' uses a first-person narrative strategy strongly emphasizing the correctness of the narrator's views. Since this narrator is a governess, the focus on her feelings is very significant, given the male-dominated and class-conscious society in which she would have lived. Bronte's style involves sentence after sentence stuffed with lush adjectives and sensual images. Sometimes the words almost seem to have spilled out onto the page in a headlong, uncontrolled rush of feeling. This style is well suited to the novel and allows readers to sense the passion within Jane, and experience the emotional path Jane travels along.
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Bront� uses pathetic fallacy to suggest to the reader that all the characters within the novel are aware of Jane's uncertain future, including Jane herself. "...it offered a blank of mist and cloud...". This shows that Jane's future is not just dependent on Jane's input, but also that of Mrs Reed and all the surrouding characters. Mrs Reed has the power to make Jane's life a complete misery and she frequently exercises this power, simply for her own enjoyment. Another factor to Jane's unhappiness is the way the entire Reed family, all their servants and even the outsiders who know the Reeds, don't listen to her and leave her like "...the solitary rocks...".
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The opening sentence of the novel starts with a pessimistic tone and introduces Jane as a depressed child, when she says "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day". The use of pathetic fallacy can help us identify Jane's emotional state. "Leafless shrubbery" is an example of this; it portrays Jane as a bare and exposed individual who feels unloved in her family environment. Bronte also uses depressing adjectives such as" wet lawn" and "cold winter wind". This reflects the chill that Jane feels about the lack of emotional warmth given from her family.
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