How Does Charlotte Bronte Create Sympathy For Jane
How Does Charlotte Bronte Create Sympathy For Jane

How Does Charlotte Bronte Create Sympathy For Jane

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Charlotte Bronte begins the novel with descriptions of the November weather, cold, harsh and inhospitable. It is very gloomy and hostile; this is the use of the pathetic fallacy as it reflects Jane’s state of mind and how she is feeling: “The cold winter wind. ” Also the use of “I” at the beginning of the novel instantly makes us enter into the workings of Jane’s mind, which helps the reader understand what Jane is feeling: “I was glad of it. ” The novel is semi-autobiographical: it is based on some parts of Charlotte’s life and Jane Eyre writes it like an autobiography.

Jane is writing the novel as an adult and she goes on to talk about her unhappiness towards her family. She is treated as if she is not as good as her siblings, Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed: “My physical inferiority. ” The cousins are so beautiful compared to Jane, she is condemned for being not as beautiful as them, and she is also condemned for being poor; she is lower down on the social hierarchy because of her poverty so, therefore, her aunt, Mrs. Reed feels treats her cruelly. 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 family life, cozy and warm, but J

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ane is not there, which gives a feeling of isolation. Also, Mrs Reed’s “Darlings” are so horrible to her but only later on in the novel the reader understands how ironic this is. “For now they are not crying or quarreling” also this suggests that they usually are crying or quarreling, which shows how bad the family get on with each other.

Bronte then uses “me” a lot; this shows Jane’s strength and passion in her character. Jane was always apart from the rest of the family “keeping me at a distance” and Mrs Reed sees her own children as being brilliant but Jane will never be as good as them, she wants to see Jane try to be like Georgiana and Eliza so she keeps Jane at a distance and thinks her children are happy; which is ironic as they are the opposite, they are very unhappy later in life; for example, John Reed commits suicide.

Jane’s principles make her hate lying or deceit and when she has done something wrong she wants to know what she has been accused of so she asks questions: “What does Bessie say I have done? ” but Mrs Reed stops Jane asking questions which shows the lack of respect towards her and makes us respect Jane. The next setting is the breakfast room where Jane is reading a book. She loves reading but she especially likes books with a lot of pictures, which shows Jane’s wild imagination. “Each picture told a story.

This is unusual as most heroines of novels are very intelligent and like reading

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long books, with no pictures, like Helen Burns who was a very important character in the novel, because she showed Jane how to control her negative passion. The second feeling of isolation was created when she made a haven of safety behind the curtain. “Having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement. ” “Shrined” is a religious image, which is a recurring theme in the novel. The idea of safety and a “shrine” holds something very precious.

Also, Bronte refers back to the dreary November weather, which again, reflects Jane’s feelings. Jane is now engrossed in her book and she really does not want to be interrupted. The pictures fuelled her imagination as she got carried away in them. One of the pictures shows a “Solitary rock”, another image of isolation and it is very gloomy. A solitary rock is one that sticks out by itself, lonely, which is exactly like Jane. “Nor could I pass unnoticed the suggestion of the bleak shores. ”

Bronte creates a cold landscape when describing the book Jane is reading, which appeals to her, as there is a feeling of empathy, she can relate to it. I believed to be marine phantoms” is the first sign of superstition and ghosts, which is another running theme in the novel. This shows what people thought about ghosts and how much they believed in them. Jane is interrupted and the incident with John Reed illustrates the cruelty of the relations and the resilience of Jane. She is afraid, but not cowed. Her independence of mind and spirit is already highly developed, although she is still childish. The retaliation against John leads to the first major incident of suffering. This will recur also.

We can tell that this kind of cruelty has happened before “I trembled at the thought of being dragged forth” we can also see the social hierarchy as John makes Jane call him “Master Reed” as she Jane is socially lower than John so he treats her horribly, which is based on his being the man of the house; he has money; she does not so he thinks he is better than her. Bronte paints a picture of John with adjectives “large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin. ” He is fat and unhealthy because his mother spoils him.

John commits suicide, which shows that his mother wasn’t doing him any favors while he was young by giving him everything he wanted, which underlines the Christian principles of the novel. Jane was not overindulged and she had happy adulthood. Bronte uses balanced clauses when talking about this ordeal with John “not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice a day, but continually”; the repetition of every in “every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh in my bones,” and the emotive language show how much she fears John.

Jane is “habitually obedient to John” as he makes her stand in front of him for three minutes which is torture; he lashed out at her and he had obviously done it before. “I

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