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  1. Look again at the various presentations of women in 'Jane Eyre'.

    The novel begins with Jane Eyre living in the care of her widowed aunt, who, even after the death of her husband, is bound to him by a promise - to bring up Jane as her own daughter. However, Jane is not treated as family among her aunt and cousins. We are shown that one of her chief comforts at Gateshead hall were books. "I considered it a narrative of facts and discovered in it a vein of interest deeper than what I found in fairy tales..."

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  2. Jane Eyre - summary

    Jane would not be scared not to speak confidently. When she first started working for Mr Rochester he asked her if she found him attractive which she answered confidently no. Even after Jane accepts Mr Rochester's hand in marriage she does not sleep with him linking to the main theme of this novel. Jane has a strong sense of right and wrong. This is proved when she is about to marry Mr Rochester in chapter 26 and the revelation about Rochester's wife Bertha come out.

    • Word count: 737
  3. How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the opening chapters of the novel Jane Eyre?

    Jane is isolated a lot as well, for example, when the children were in the drawing room they were "clustered around their mama." The word "clustered" is like safety, there is a group of people that feel safe and protected with one another but Jane is on the outside and apart from the cluster. The fireside in the drawing room is the symbol of the family life, cosy and warm, but Jane is not there, which gives a feeling of isolation.

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  4. Why did the Normans build castles and do these terms apply to Rochester?

    On 6th January 1066, the Witan decided that Harold was to be the next king of England. The new King Harold heard that Tostig had sailed up the Humber and had taken York. Harold marched his army north to fight the Norwegians and a place called Stamford Bridge. The Norwegians were caught by surprise by Harolds army and his troops devastated the Norwegians. Harold knew that William of Normandy would invade England and marched south on the 1st of October 1066 when he had heared that William had landed at Pevensy.

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  5. Compare the ways in which at least two of the texts you have studied explore the theme of social deviance. You will need to specify what this deviance consists in, and give details of how the Victorian social norms are transgressed.

    One of the central themes common to both texts that echoes the childhood of the authors - particularly Dickens - is the social gap between the middle class and the working class, with both authors embodying these social issues through the presentations of Fagin and Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist, as well as Mrs Reed and Mr Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre. In my opinion, the bullish attitudes that both authors are able to establish through Fagin and Mr Bumble with Oliver, and Mrs Reed and Mr Brocklehurst with Jane, are a direct reference to the middle-class bureaucrats and their oppressive treatment of the lower class.

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  6. Jane Eyre- Book Review

    The two characters that I found most interesting and memorable were of course Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester. This novel is one of a kind; Jane Eyre is a young orphan with harsh relatives who ship her off to a school for underprivileged children. It is not the most pleasant place imaginable. She grows up there, and then goes to work as a governess under a mysterious man, Mr. Rochester. Despite all his harsh ways, she falls in love with him. But a dark secret threatens to destroy their love. It's obvious that Rochester is attracted to Jane when he meets her.

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  7. What have you learned about the educational system in Victorian England from the opening chapters of Hard Times and first 10 chapters of Jane Eyre?

    In fact, Jane is made most unwelcome and made to feel very inferior because of her poor background. Jane must have attained some form of education at Gateshead and although this is not specifically mentioned in the text I think that she must have had a governess. I conclude this because the books that are mentioned when Jane is reading seem very difficult and challenging for a girl of only 10 years. She reads books such as "Bewicks History of British Birds".

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  8. What is the importance of fire in Jane Eyre, and why is it such a significant feature of Jane Eyre?

    The "Red Room" was seen as a place of punishment, as the room is where her uncle died, and is never entered as is thought to be haunted. The "Red Room" is called thus because it is decorated a deep red, but the word red in its title also symbolises danger, blood and as a contrast, warmth, as though from a fire. But Bront� makes it clear to the reader that there is no fire lit in the room and that it is in fact very cold and scary.

    • Word count: 1896
  9. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's,

    This gives the reader and the narrator a very strong connection. For the reader is the only one to know her deepest thoughts. Throughout the entire story, John controls his wife in a loving but dominant way. According to him, he knows what is best for her. There is even a time where she has to stop writing because her husband is coming. "There comes John, and I must put this away, - he hates to have me write a word."

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  10. Compare the Novels 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte and 'The L-Shaped Room' by Lynne Reid Banks with particular focus on women in society.

    The reunion of Jane and Mr Rochester is a rather traditional ending to a story that portrays a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her s*x in Victorian society. Lynne Reid Banks's novel, 'The L-Shaped Room', was published in 1960 when a woman's independence was just being established and become widely accepted throughout society. The novel follows Jane Graham's battle with herself and the prejudices of society at that time and ends with her self-discovery and independence.

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  11. Comment on Bronte's use of language in 'the first meeting' extract from Jane Eyre.

    But once she talks to the stranger, she doesn't react to that fear in the correct way, instead she disobeys him in order to help him. Bronte uses imaginative and supernatural language to describe its 'pretercanine eyes' being deadly. The mysterious atmosphere is cracked with the noise and clatter of 'man and horse' slipping. A clear change in the calm language of the novel is shown when Rochester's character is shown through his very first words, 'What the deuce is to do now?'

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  12. What features of Jane Eyre can be considered gothic?

    There are lots of different styles, and often humour is used to create atmosphere. An essential feature of gothic writing is its prose. It tries to create an atmosphere of dread and mystery so it is written in an appropriate style. Old English is used to give a feel of history and description is constantly detailed; "The western wave was all a-flame. The day was well nigh done! Almost upon the western wave Rested the broad bright sun: What that strange shape drove suddenly Betwixt us and the sun."

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  13. Hi My name is Nicole Awes.

    They all followed me around at lunch and laughed at the food I had. There was a main girl leading these girls on her name was Jane and she was the girl that was tripping me and calling me names the most. But when I'm angry I'm angry and Jane didn't stop. Jane at lunch time tripped me and "bang" there I landed face first on the concrete. I had to do something now or she will keep on doing it until I leave high school. "Ouch" as I pulled out Janes hair and then Jane slapped me on the face, then it all stopped after miss Billawa stopped us and sent us to the principals office.

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  14. What Influenced Charlotte as a child to become a writer?

    This may have helped Charlotte to be able to empathise with the feelings that arise when somebody dies. In later years she was then able to use these feeling in her novels. Having to be independent may have helped her to be able to make up the character Jane Eyre as she was in a similar situation to as Charlotte, having to learn to care for herself and having to cope with the death of a parent. In 1824 Charlotte was sent to boarding school with three of her four sisters. The appalling conditions at the school had a long term affect on the two elder sisters and this is where Maria and Louisa died.

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  15. How does Bronte create attractiveness in the seemingly "unattractive" Jane Eyre?

    The thought of her bursting out at her benefactor is something to muse upon. I suspect that behaviour of that sort, in Bront�'s time, would have been very much frowned upon, and maybe termed 'wicked' or 'naughty'. I was surprised when I found out that Jane, the heroine, was referred to as "a little toad"! Even Jane herself feels "it a misfortune" that she was "so little, so pale, and had features so irregular and so marked." I cannot remember the last time I came across a heroine that so blatantly observed herself as unattractive!

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  16. Book Review - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë.

    John, a man she finds attractive for his looks, but does not like what he holds inside. She realises she can only find happiness back at Thornfield and returns to marry Rochester. Jane is attracted to Rochester, even though she does not find him handsome. "...It was not easy to give an impromptu answer to a question about appearances; that tastes differ; and that beauty is of little consequence..." After answering no to Rochester's question of whether or not he was handsome, she goes on to tell him that appearances mean little or nothing. One of the purposes of this book is to make us realise that love comes from within the heart and that beauty is only a bonus.

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  17. Rochester's letter to Jane, written four months after she left Thornfield hall.

    You stood by my side and led me back upon my horse. That may be the reason why you left! Had I not deceived you as much as I did and told you how I really felt you might never have left. Even when I proposed to you Jane, it started with a lie. I know I've done wrong, I'm extremely sorry! When I wanted to find out how you felt about me I posed as a gypsy. I only wanted to know if you felt the same way about me. I did not want to make a fool of myself if we did not share similar emotions.

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  18. How does Bronte use weather to create atmosphere in Jane Eyre?

    Also include the introduction of the characters she lives with at the Reed's house. These characters inflict these sad, cold and lonely emotions inside Jane Eyre which is why I believe Bronte chose to introduce the characters in the same passage as the description of the cold and deeply dreary weather. Soon after Jane was falsely and publicly accused of being a liar by Mr. Brocklehurst an upcoming positive event was predicted when Jane described the sudden change in weather she saw.

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  19. 'But you are passionate Jane, that you must allow'. How does Charlotte Bronte present and develop Jane Eyre's character in the first ten chapters of the novel?

    Another typical guideline that Jane does not follow is respecting her elders. This incident informs the reader that Jane is very childish in the sense that she should have left the situation instead of making it worse by calling names and screaming. It also show the reader that, at the same time as being childish, Jane is quite defensive of herself and she is determined to change her life at home. This is shown more when her aunt shouts at her and gives her a punishment.

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  20. Modern Inverted Fairytale.

    His whole body moved cat like, smoothly but with power and presence. Worm twitched. "Two cards please." he stuttered, the stream of sweat on his forehead was turning into a river down his red face. "Just one" he purred like a cat talking to a mouse before it attacks. The cards flew from the dealers hand and landed next to Worm and Fat Tony. Tony scratched his fat stomach, which was protruding from the top of his black trousers, as he looked at his card. Worm breathed in slowly looked at Tony and then slowly creased up the corner of each card.

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  21. Jane's experience in Lowood School is representative of life in Victorian England. Discuss with reference to other texts.

    The reason for this is because she is poor and an orphan. She is a charity case. John Reed, heir to the estate and Gateshead, calls her a "dependant". Jane lives in a male dominated environment, another social injustice in the Victorian society. Jane is courageous, through all of her abuse she always manages to stick up for herself. Jane longs for peace and freedom to be her own person. Jane is bright and imaginative. She knows that she is being mistreated, she refuses to accept this however and it lands her in trouble on many occasions, like when she is put in the Red Room.

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  22. Describe the changes that took place in Jane Eyre's life when she moved from Lowood Institution to Thornfield Hall.

    and weeped"Let me out Bessie please, I don't like it in here" and was sensitive towards Jane but aunt reed just slammed the door and locked Jane back in there. As you can probably tell by this Jane barely had a relationship of whatever kind with her Aunt and Cousins. After a lot of cunning and persuasion from Jane, they received a visit from "Mr.Lloyd" regarding Jane's plead to attend Lowood institution for Girl orphans. Thankfully for Jane she was accepted into Lowood Institution! Her aunt wasn't to pleased about this but now she couldn't really do anything about it!

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  23. Essay Exploring the right to independence for women in Jane Eyre.

    These books tackled the harsh issues of our history, and helped shape and mould our country for the future. The Bronte novel did much the same thing. Throughout the book, we have an insight into the life of an orphan girl. Jane is a young girl when we first come upon her. She was a very passionate, fiery character, she was very mercurial. She reacts to her environment with great intensity. She explodes, with desire and drive, and really does not want to allow people to be in authority over her. Or have any control over her behaviour. She is described as " a picture of passion."

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  24. "The encounter between Rochester and Antoinette represents an encounter between two worlds" Discuss.

    Perhaps it is tragic that their union does not mark an upturn in fortunes for either character. It cannot be denied that in 'The Wide Sargasso Sea', both Antoinette and Rochester struggle to find their own identities. Antoinette's uncertainty is capture in her very name. Throughout the novel, she is given different names, for example, it is unclear as to whether her second name is Cosway, Mason or Rochester. To further the confusion, towards the end Rochester begins to refer to Antoinette as 'Bertha', making clear reference to her mother.

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  25. The Guidebook describes Brodsworth Hall as 'an outstanding example of a Victorian Country house'. Using the evidence you have gained from the site, explain how far you agree with this statement.

    This didn't really affect the Victorian feel to the room because they blended in. There were many Victorian features in the entrance hall such as a pair of cannons that were there because the family enjoyed to race sailing boats and they used them to start the race off. This gave us an understanding of the families past time which makes it quite a good example of a Victorian lifestyle. The dining room had a typical Victorian Mahogany table and leather chairs.

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