How Is Sympathy Created For Jane Eyre In The Opening Three Chapters Of The Novel?

986 words - 4 pages

Sympathy is created for Jane within the opening three chapters of Jane Eyre in a number of different ways. It becomes evident from the very beginning of the novel that Jane is oppressed by her surroundings and the Reed family. She is physically and psychologically abused and clearly made to feel as she is worth less than the family who keep her. Despite this there is a comforting undercurrent that flows through the opening three chapters as the reader realises that Jane Eyre is recalling her troublesome childhood from a position of fulfilment.
The opening of the novel creates an instantaneous impression of sympathy through the use of pathetic fallacy. The rain in the opening paragraph is ...view middle of the document...

This physical abuse is an effective tool used by Bronte to demonstrate that Jane is oppressed in a variety of ways. This point becomes even more prevalent when accompanied by the psychological punishment she is subject to at the opening of the following paragraph. Jane is told that she “ought to not think herself on an equality with Misses Reed and Master Reed” and therefore made to feel worthless as a human being. Structurally this is interesting as these two different forms of oppression appear one after the other but in different chapters demonstrating that they are interconnected yet they are also different. Through being interconnected the impression is created that Jane is in a cycle of abuse where she is bullied by John Reed and then made to feel like she deserves this by the other characters. The fact that these forms of oppression are different only increases the sympathy felt for Jane as it seems as if she cannot escape punishment as it is both physical and psychological.
Further sympathy is created when the reader realises that, because of the way society is structured, Jane would rather choose to be oppressed by the Reed family than move to live with poorer relatives. The stigma around the poor is summed up adequately by Jane when she states” poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.” The word degradation is one which suggests an extremely low standard of living and one which powerfully demonstrates Jane’s attitudes towards the impoverished. Bronte is choosing to make a social point about the British class system through Jane at this moment as it is made very clear in the previous two chapters that Jane is seriously mistreated but such is the feeling towards the Victorian poor and impoverished that Jane would rather belong to the well off and be mistreated. In my opinion I believe Jane could see...

Other Papers Like How Is Sympathy Created for Jane Eyre in the Opening Three Chapters of the Novel?

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Fire And Ice In The Characters

793 words - 4 pages , we have seen these two characters change from showing one of their traits to   showing a completely different trait.  Rochester acted cold and icy when he was first   introduced into the novel, and then his true personality of fire and warmness came out when   he met Jane.  St. John acted warm, when he took Jane into his home, but as we got to   know him better we realized that his true trait is coldness.  Thus in the novel, Jane Eyre,   Edward Rochester represents fire, and St. John Rivers represents ice.

How Does Peter Medak Create Sympathy for Derek Bentley in the Film "Let Him Have It"

1020 words - 5 pages How does Peter Medak create sympathy for Derek Bentley in his 1991 film “let him have it”. The first point of how he creates sympathy would be the music and the sounds because right at the beginning before any visual except from the credits there is slow quiet daunting music in the background which slowly gets louder with only one instrument, the piano. This informs us that there is going to be something sad about to happen. Which is true

Rochester As The Rake In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

1153 words - 5 pages discussing some former lover. He deceives Jane into believing he is unmarried. Like many rakes, Rochester can be viewed as both villain and hero. While his actions towards the other characters in the novel are villainous, Bronte presents them in such a manner that the reader’s sympathies lie with Rochester. Rochester repents for his debauched lifestyle and is rewarded by the death of Bertha and his marriage to Jane.   Works Cited Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Ed. Beth Newman. Boston: St. Martin’s, 1996. Weber, Harold. The Restoration Rake-Hero: Transformations in Sexual Understanding in Seventeenth-Century England. Madison U of Wisconsin P, 1986.

How We Feel Sympathy For The Main Character In 'Buddy', Written By Nigel Hinton

567 words - 3 pages 'Buddy', written by Nigel Hinton, tells the story of the eponymous Buddy, who we feel sympathy for throughout the book. The author manages to make us feel this way, by going in depth with the main character's personal reflection. In this essay, my aim is to show how the author creates sympathy for the central character.This novel opens with Buddy feeling guilty after his mother leaving home. He then lives in poor conditions with his unemployed

Jane Eyre: The Effect Of A Patriarchal Society

1844 words - 8 pages quest for love is not necessarily indicative of women’s inability to have anything other than “erotic wishes,” once asserted by Sigmund Freud (Freud, 173). Jane was trying to fill a hole, or emptiness, that was a result of the abuse she faced as a child. Charlotte Brontë created a complex character who never seemed content with what she had in life, and who was in a constant struggle to improve. This struggle, or restlessness, demonstrates the

How Does Shakespeare Create Dislike of, and Sympathy for, Macbeth Throughout the Play

1223 words - 5 pages How does Shakespeare create dislike of, and sympathy for, Macbeth throughout the play? Shakespeare creates dislike of Macbeth by making him murder those who were important in his life. Not only did this make him a tyrant, killing made him feel guilt to an extent where it drove him mad. Sympathy was also created for Macbeth several times during the play, such as when Lady Macbeth commits suicide and when Macbeth seemed to lose who he truly was

Gothicism in Jane Eyre

668 words - 3 pages know not what dress she had on: it was white and straight; but whether gown, sheet, or shroud, I cannot tell’ ” (chapter 25). The elements of the Gothic novel are portrayed in Jane Eyre through Rochester’s wife, Bertha, as well as through the red room. The supernatural is dealt with in these situations with mysterious and dreadful undertones. Like other Gothic literature, the novel illustrates a gloomy house, the supernatural, mystery, ghosts, insanity, and family curses. Rochester’s secret (his marital status and the fact that his wife is locked up) also contributes to the Gothic elements present

Mr Knightley - Jane Austen...'Mr Knightley Is The Arbiter Of Sense And Judgement.' Discuss With Reference To The First Eleven Chapters

1307 words - 6 pages to cheer her father from the sad loss of their friend and she points out to him that Mrs Weston is delightfully settled in her new life and cannot want for anything. Mr Woodhouse refers to Mrs Weston as 'poor Miss Taylor' throughout this first chapter, because he cannot except that she is happy. Mr Knightley observation of the situation is that they should be happy for their friend:'... Every friend of Miss Taylor must be glad to have her so

How the Moon Was Created

723 words - 3 pages How the moon was created? "Was the moon a part of the earth?" Dear Star Watcher Looking at the element table where we can see the different elements found on the moon and the earth we can see that there is no big difference in the percentage of the amounts , but some of the element have bigger number and difference than the other ,from this we can make a small conclusion that the moon MAY have been a part of the earth but also it was a

The Haunting Despair in Gordon’s “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?”: How It Is Created by Literary Devices and Devices of Emphasis

639 words - 3 pages The Haunting Despair in Gordon’s “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?”: How it is created by Literary Devices and Devices of Emphasis In the essay by Helen H. Gordon, Gordon illustrates that her father is the primary cause of her despair. It is a reflective essay that shows how the relationship of Gordon to her father suffers from his beating of the mother. She expresses her haunting despair through the use of diction, parallelism, and

Sympathy in the Great Gatsby

520 words - 3 pages opportunities”. He believes that Gatsby should have let her go, all that he is going to end up is in hurt and he should live up the dream because he lives in America. In my view of this book, I found that Nick was constantly talking about how Gatsby was desperate, and in his attempts into trying to give Daisy what she wanted, how he worked so hard to get where he was yet nick knew he was not always rich. Nick knew that Gatsby really did not know what it

Related Essays

The City In History Summary Of Chapters One, Two, Three

1452 words - 6 pages  norms  that  exist  within.  The  three  key   issues  that  are  the  most  striking  are  the  reason  for  the  existence  of  cities  aside  from  animal   needs,  the  dominance  of  women  in  Neolithic  culture  and  finally,  the  developing  role  of  the   Paleolithic  hunter.  Although  Mumford  dissects

Roles Of The Housekeeper And Nursemaid In Bronte's Jane Eyre

1298 words - 6 pages Roles of the Housekeeper and Nursemaid in Bronte's Jane Eyre   Just as servants played an essential role in Victorian England, they also played an essential role in the novel Jane Eyre. Bronte uses servants in a variety of ways. For example the housekeeper is used to bring terror and utter rejection on Jane. The nursemaid is used to teach Jane to love and nurture without neglecting discipline. The housekeeper was most often a widow

Jane Eyre: The Woman In The Attic

595 words - 3 pages of self-growth. In Jane Eyre she provides a substantial past for Rochester; one which contests his character. As mentioned earlier, Bertha’s expressiveness could be a portrayal of Jane’s underlying feelings. She expresses the anger and fear which Jane hides- especially her approaches towards oppression of societal and gender standards. It is Bertha’s presence that keeps Jane and Rochester from getting married. In the novel Jane defines her inner spirit as fiery, her inner landscape as a “ridge of lighted heath” (Chapter 4). Bertha proves to express Jane’s “inner-spirit”. Bibliography: • Brönte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. London & New York: Norton and Co., 2001.

'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'?

984 words - 4 pages '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