Jane Eyre Coursework
How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for the character of Jane in the first 4 chapters in the novel?
Jane Eyre was published in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte but she had to publish her book under the androgynous name of Currer Bell as in the Victorian Era, people were more likely to read books written by male authors of a certain class and as Charlotte was nor Male or high classed, if she wanted her book to be successful with the public she had no choice but to do this.
Jane Eyre was published over 150 years ago in the Victorian Era, where gender, social class and religion were very important so Charlotte Bronte chooses to focus particularly on these things throughout the story, also she sets a gothic theme as the gothic genre was extremely popular in this time period and she often uses pathetic fallacy which uses the weather and the setting where we can decipher Jane’s emotions from the language used which cleverly creates an important atmosphere to the whole story.
Charlotte uses three traditions in her novel; Bildungsroman, Social Criticism and the Gothic Genre, Bildungsroman is a novel which originated from Germany and tells the story of a small child’s intelligence and focuses on the emotions and experiences that attach to the child’s growth to adulthood Social Criticism is when the author of a novel chooses to comment on the society in which the story is set. Charlotte Bronte uses quotes such as, ‘you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg & not to live here with gentlemen’s children like us!’, which shows that if Jane did not live with her wealthy Aunt Reed she would having nothing or no one.
Charlotte Bronte chose to write Jane Eyre in first person, from the point of view of Jane as her feelings and emotions are what the book is based upon. If the book was written from a different point of view we would not feel the sympathy we do for Jane as everyone else is against her.
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