How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre
How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre

How does Charlotte Bronte make the reader sympathise with the eponymous hero in Jane Eyre

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Charlotte Bronte wrote the novel ‘Jane Eyre’ in 1847. In this essay I shall focus on Jane’s experiences with her family and focus on her personality. I shall also focus on how Charlotte Bronte uses techniques when writing about Jane. Jane arrived at Gateshead Hall to live with her aunt and uncle as her parents are dead and Jane is a ‘dependant. ‘ Jane is wrongly accused of an incident which involves herself and Master John Reed.

Jane is accused of starting a fight and no-one believes that she isn’t to blame. Jane therefore gets punished for her cousin’s evilness.Jane’s punished by her aunt and gets sent to the red-room here she is told ‘God will punish her’, Jane is also told ‘when you are by yourself; for if you dont repent, something bad might be permitted to come down the chimney, and fetch you away. ‘ The first reason why we sympathise with Jane is because she is isolated. Jane lives with her aunt and cousin’s in her head uncle’s home of Gateshead Hall.

Jane’s uncle took Jane in after she was left ‘a parentless infant. ‘ However her uncle, on his deathbed, made his wife promise to look after Jane.Considering Jane’s aunt made this promise to her dying husband she didn’t keep her promise. Jane’s aunt keeps Jane at a distance and certainly doesnt treat Jane like she is one of her own children.

Master John, Georgiana and Eliza humbly sit around their mother i


n the drawing room. Jane points out the fact ‘Me she had dispensed from the group. ‘ I feel sorry for Jane because she is part of the family but they neglect and ignore her. They exclude her from family activities. Jane will feel lonely and unloved.

She is treated like a punch bag and this must really hurt her feelings.Jane’s uncle was her hero but she was let down by him when he died. Linked to this, the next reason we sympathise with Jane is because she s both physically and verbally bullied. Jane is bullied by Master John Reed mainly because he doesn’t like her and feels she shouldnt be living with them in Gateshead Hall. John is fourteen and Jane is only ten. John is older, bigger and a lot stronger than Jane.

Jane is frightened by John and does obey his every command.John bullies Jane physically that she even drew blood. I saw him lift and poise the book and stand in act to hurl it’ this quote tells us how Jane saw Master John pick up and throw the book at her. His throw had force to it, as Jane fell and ‘striking my head against the door. ‘ Blood appeared on her head, Jane’s pain was sharp. ‘ She then retaliated to him by calling John a ‘wicked and cruel boy.

‘ Master John is not happy and launched another viscious attack against Jane, calling her a ‘rat. ‘ I feel sorry for Jane because she is a lot younger than John and not as strong. He has bullied her for years causing Jane a lot of torment.Now

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Jane’s feeling’s have ‘passed it’s climax’ and she is used to the bullying as it has gone on towards her for a long time, her feelings and hurt no longer exist. Jane goes through a lot of injustice because she is wrongly accused and never believed.

I sympathise with Jane when she is not believed because t is awful when you get wrong or punished for something you did not do. The feeling that no-one believes you is hurtful. ‘Take her away to the red-room, and lock her in there. ‘ This is where Jane is taken, as her punishment for calling Master John a ‘wicked and cruel boy.

No-one believes Jane, everyone thinks she is to blame and she is the cause of the dispute. Mrs Reed demands Jane to be taken away to the Red-Room for defending herself from John and his nastiness. Mrs Reed thinks Jane flew at Master John. I feel sorry for Jane because she is wrongly accused and punished for something she didn’t do.

Jane retaliates to Master John’s cruelty and wickedness towards her. She is taken away to the ‘red-room’ and locked up there herself. No-one likes being wrongly accused and punished especially when it isn’t there fault. Jane must feel lonely and upset, because no-one is there to believe her.Jane is very imaginative and we sympathise for her because all children are imaginative it’s their way of having fun or to escape.

In Jane’s case it is escape. She sits on the window-seat cross legged with the ‘red moreen curtain neatly closed. ‘ Jane chooses a book from the book case making sure ‘that it should be stored with pictures. Jane is happy reading, “Bewick’s History of Birds,” she is content. ‘With Bewick on my knee I was then happy’ Jane is happy as she is peaceful reading her book.

She has escaped into a world of Bewick’s birds. Janes imagination escapes and she is happy just reading a book on birds.She doesn’t have a very loving family and the reason she escapes is so that she can be happy. All young children have an overactive imagination and Jane is no exception.

She is lonely and finds happiness in a book, which shows how much she needs love and attention. It also shows how Jane is neglected and unloved. I feel sorry for Jane because she is unhappy living with her aunt. Bronte describes other characters negatively.

She descirbes John Reed like he is the most wicked person in the world. ‘He bullied and punished me,’ Jane is telling us her side of the story about how John treats her.She goes on to say ‘all John Reeds violent tyrannies’ and how he is ‘wicked and cruel. ‘ Jane is trying to tell us how nasty her cousin is but this is her point of view, of how Jane see’s John. Jane’s view is going to be biased as this is how she feels towards John. She knows the truth and is yet again trying to convince us, the readers, how nasty John is.

He may come across like a gentleman to other people

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