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'cb's Sensational Effects Are Always Grounded In The Everyday World'. How Far And In What Ways Do You Agree With This View Of 'jane Eyre'?

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'CB's sensational effects are always grounded in the everyday world'.
How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of 'Jane Eyre'?

A primary way that the ‘sensational effects’ in ‘Jane Eyre’ are ‘always grounded in the everyday world’ is through Jane’s explanation of supernatural events. Additionally, the shocks and hardships of Lowood School, twinned with the treatment of Jane by Brocklehurst in what seems like a routinely manner, as if it were acceptable, provides an alternate way in which the ‘sensational’ i.e. shocking ‘effects’ are somewhat normal. A further way in which this is portrayed is through Jane’s struggle for equality with Rochester. It thus led to Jane severing ...view middle of the document...

In contrast to this, is the unexplained supernatural occurrence, which takes place between Jane and Rochester, in the calling of each other’s names, although they are miles apart from one another. The calling of ‘Jane! Jane! Jane!’ demonstrates the elevated passion of love shown by the triple exclamatives. Due to this event being unexplained, it could be taken to suggest that Brontë is indicating that the love between Jane and Rochester is natural and therefore ‘grounded in the everyday world’, due to its mundane nature of marriage and love.
The day-to-day ‘hardships’ of Lowood School prove to be ‘sensational’ through the hypocrisy of Brocklehurst, regarding the treatment of the girls, contrasted with the indulgence of his own family. Such examples include the difference between ‘Julia’s hair curls’ which are ordered to be cut off (they may be a symbol of pubic hair, thus the cutting of the hair is indicative of the cutting back of sexual development within Lowood), and the description of Brocklehurst’s daughter’s hair which is ‘elaborately curled’, coupled with the fake French curls that his wife wears. The critic ‘Eva Figes’ concurs with this idea, as she views the cutting of Julia’s hair an act of castration. Brocklehurst’s ambition to create ‘great girls’ that are not familiarised to ‘habits of luxury and indulgence’ by feeding them a diet, which is close to starvation stage, further emphasises the immoral ‘principle[s] of this house’. By referring specifically to ‘this house’, it indicates that Lowood is separate from the rest of the world, and it is only here that this ‘deficiency of nourishment’ and maltreatment of the girls takes place. On the other hand, the expectation of Mrs. Reed (in this case, a symbol of Victorian society’s harsh view on orphaned girls) when stating Jane should grow to be ‘made useful’ and to be ‘kept humble’, confirms the views of others agreeing with the torment of the girls, thus...

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