Jane Eyre Comparison of Film to Book

Jane Eyre Comparison of 2011 Film to Book

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 and contains vast and rich material (largely autobiographical) and tells the story of an orphan girl’s tragic story and development. The 2011 film adaption of the novel by director, Cary Fukunaga, translates the first-person narrative of Jane’s autobiography to screen by making use of flashbacks throughout the film which creates a mysterious effect and creates drama and suspense for the audience. The film does not start at the “beginning”, where the novel does, so the flashbacks play an important role of illustrating important event to the audience (especially those who are not familiar with the novel). This essay will discuss some comparisons and alterations between the opening scene to the red room scene as well as some characters in the novel and in the film.
The film starts with events that happened toward the end of the book. Jane does not reveal her identity until later in the film, creating suspense. It begins with Jane running in the rain and ending up at St. Johns Rivers house, with his two sisters. Thereafter the flashbacks are presented in chronological manner starting from her childhood at age 10.
Fukunaga’s cast   is quite satisfactory and consistent with descriptions presented in the novel. Amelia Clarkson plays the young Jane Eyre, who is direct and sincere just as the novel’s character. Mia Wasikowska acts as the older Jane, she portray a simple, yet feisty woman as this was in close ties with the Jane in the novel. Jane’s cousins (Eliza, John and Georgiana) and aunt (Mrs Reed) are also portrayed accurately, as the truly make the audience cringe. Some scenes in the film, for example, the scene where John physically abuses Jane (Brontë, 14) , was well portrayed in the film as it outraged audiences and the emotional and shocking impact was greater than the novel’s.
I feel that the red-room scene was slightly disappointing. When reading the novel,...