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Jane Eyre is a book written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847. The author
was, undoubtedly, influenced by the social and historical context of
that time. In this essay, I will be exploring the theme of suffering
in the first chapters of the novel and will explore how Bronte
approaches this theme.
Suffering occurs several times throughout the novel and Bronte clearly
uses these occurrences to influence our emotions. The first sign of
suffering we see is in the very first chapter when Jane is attacked by
John Reed. Jane appears from behind the curtain where John attacks her
verbally and physically. Before the attack actually happens, Bronte
builds up tension and fear through Jane's narration:
'He bullied and punished meâ€¦every nerve I had feared himâ€¦my care was
how to endure the blow which would certainly follow the insult'
John Reed, in contrast to Jane is superior in strength, age and mind;
this is evident from the following quotation:
'Humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza,
John and Georgiana Reed'
Jane tells this story from her point of view, so the description of
John is most likely to be biased and not completely true. John Reed
attacks Jane with a book, which makes us hate John Reed, and also
makes us feel sympathetic towards Jane. Bronte uses words such as
tyrant, murderer and fear, this use of language shows us the cruelty
of John Reed and reinforces our sympathy to Jane. One of the reasons
why John attacks Jane and hates her so badly is the fact that in the
19th Century females were inferior to males. Sons treate...
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...y the abundance? â€¦" (Pg 62)
The hypocrisy of his attitude is underlined by the luxury and
extravagance displayed in the dress and style of his wife and
daughters who accompany him.
The majority of Victorian reader may not treat children differently
just because of this novel because they would not care and would not
be bothered by it. Some may reconsider but only a minority. In
addition, there were not a lot or any groups such as RSPCC to defend
the children that are in need. Life being very different means that
the Victorian people were very different as well. They thought
differently and maybe did not think that they were mistreating the
children in any way. Furthermore, this is one author's opinion and may
be exaggerated or due to her own experience so that maybe is another
factor in not affecting readers.
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