Suffering and Injustice in the Opening Chapters of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

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Suffering and Injustice in the Opening Chapters of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

At the time the novel Jane Eyre was written, it was very difficult for women writers to have their books published. Charlotte Brontë was very aware of the problem, and cleverly changed her name to Currer Bell so the book would be accepted. Luckily for Charlotte, her novel Jane Eyre was published in October 1847, and since writing this novel, Charlotte
Brontë has become very popular, and a classic author.

The Victorian era was a time of great social division between the rich and the poor, and this is shown in the novel by the description of certain characters for example Bessie – the poorer class, and Mrs. Reed – the richer class. The poorer
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As the novel is written using the first person, the reader is almost inside the book, involved in all the action and drama that is happening. An example of this is when Jane has been locked in the Red Room, and Charlotte
Brontë is describing how Jane is feeling. I felt as if I was locked in the room with Jane, and was feeling the way she was – very fearful and anxious. When we read the sentences where Jane is talking, and also the narration, we see things through the eyes of a ten year old girl and know exactly how she is feeling, sometimes very sad and lonely, and other times victorious. Charlotte Brontë entwines the adult and childish viewpoints and therefore sometimes writes in the voice of a child, physically making Jane
Eyre very childlike and young. For example, when Mr. Brockelhurst visits
Gateshead Hall, the Reed’s family house, Jane says to him, “What a great nose! And what a mouth! And what large prominent teeth!” This has echoes of a fairy tale book, reflecting Jane’s age and childish outlook.
Charlotte Brontë wrote the novel looking back on the past and remembering all her long lost memories from her childhood. Perhaps, as a child herself, Charlotte was treated in a similar way to Jane, and so is able to write openly about her experiences, relating them with Jane. At other times, it seems as though the older Jane is reflecting on past events. For example, after Mr.
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