Sympathy for Jane Eyre in Charlotte Bronte's Novel

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Sympathy for Jane Eyre in Charlotte Bronte's Novel

I feel Charlotte Bronte gets the reader to engage with the character

of Jane Eyre by giving the reader a great sense of empathy towards

Jane. It was vital Charlotte created this in her novel, as the reader

would not have felt involved in the main character and may not have

read the book till the end, or at all for that matter. I believe this

is what has made the book so popular even to this present day.

The reader feels so engaged with Jane throughout the novel as you

first meet Jane as a young child and follow her throughout her life.

Bronte also writes the book in first person, which can make the reader

almost visualise Jane as a close companion sitting next to them

telling them her life story. The reader would not doubt anything Jane

says for she is never melodramatic, which gives the impression of

truth, honesty and portraying Miss Eyre's character as moralistic.

The book is semi-autobiographical with Bronte's own experiences as a

child. "Lowood" brings in strong references to the boarding school of

Miss Wooler, in Roe Head, where Bronte later became a teacher and

later on a governess.

Charlotte also uses carefully planned language, for example the name

"Jane Eyre". The name "Eyre" came from a family whose historic house

had a room in it which contained a mad woman, but this is not why

Bronte chose this name as it carries a sense of being a free sprit,

which backs up Jane's free as air, strong minded and independent

character. It also bares the slight suggestion of an eagle's eyrie,

which could be seen as a metaphor for Jane's quest for love and a

family, as Jane loses...

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...ude if most of people in the

reed house the reader has met so far.

Then Mrs Reed once again enters the "Red Room" to see why Jane has

been let out. She tells Jane to "let go of Bessie's hand child; you

will not succeed in getting out by those means, I assure you." Then

Miss Reed turns to Bessie and asks why Jane has been let out the "Red

Room" with out her permission. Mrs Reed can see Jane is hysterical and

crying but Mrs Reed sent Jane back into the "Red Room". Jane was so

scared and in such a state of hysteria that soon after she forced to

go back in the "Red Room" she passed out. The fact she passed out

highlights how scared she was, which Mrs Reed must have seen and still

seen her back into the "Red Room". This makes the reader feel awful

for Jane and almost feel slightly guilty abut what has happened to

her.
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