In the first two chapters of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte creates
sympathy for Jane from the settings she uses like the red room, which
comes up later in chapter two. Also with all the metaphors of Janes
true feelings under the surface and the ways that the chapters are
Charlotte Bronte starts off the book straight to the point as if we
just enter Janes mind at this moment in time, it is meant to draw the
reader in and at once create the atmosphere of this time when we have
joined her. With the 'clouds so sombre' and the 'rain so penetrating'
we get a glimpse inside Jane knowing that she must be so 'cold' inside
like the 'winter'. While there is a fire inside the house where she
could get warmth to fill her up she is not allowed, and with a
'saddened' 'heart' she's not even told why she can't sit with the
family around their 'mamma' by the fire but instead 'dispensed from
joining the group' and not told why.
This helps create sympathy for Jane by trying to show the reader that
she is a 'deprived' child, and the only escape she gets is when she
goes to the 'window - seat' and shuts the 'folds of scarlet drapery'.
But still she now feels protected, but not yet separated until she
reads her books. The weather once again bears it face to show us that
Jane still is not happy with 'a pale blank mist and cloud' and
'ceaseless rain' which could be the tears of frustration which we must
feel she has to hold back to never show any signs of weakness or hurt
to Mrs Reed or her children especially John who steps into the book in
The book begins to resemble a gothic genre with its 'stormy'
atmosphere and the 'phantoms' around 'the quite solit...
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...k and locked' her 'in without further parley.' And
then 'unconsciousness closed the scene.' Which is another dramatic
ending leaving the reader feeling angry with Mrs Reed and sympathizing
greatly with Jane.
I think Charlotte Bronte has done a good job of getting the reader to
sympathize with Jane otherwise I wouldn't be writing an essay on it.
She constantly brings in Jane's place in society, a woman's place but
to make it worse a poor woman's place. The first two chapters let us
know that this is the beginning of a journey for Jane to find her
place to find out why she was put there to fight against the waves
that try to bring her down. Charlotte Bronte was a critic of her time
and has done a very good job of opening closed minds to the things
that an ordinary plain girl like Jane which is inside every woman has
to fight against to find their place.
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