Essays and criticism on Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre - Analysis
Jane Eyre is presented as an individual that matures with age and develops into an independent person. However, throughout the novel, she also searches for a sense of belonging, which is missing in her life. This search manifests itself in her searching for a family to belong to, wherever she goes. Periodically, Jane finds people who are either related to her by blood or are sympathetic to her and tries to bond with them, each of the efforts failing for one reason or another. She finally meets her true family at Thornfield Hall, where she finds love with Mr. Rochester and happiness for life.
Jane Eyre - Sample Essays - New York essay
How this extract relates to the rest of the
novel and the themes introduced in this extract will also be
Charlotte Brontë uses first person narration, focalising through the
character of Jane Eyre.
Example: page 1 chapter 1
"I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons:dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed."
* Notice how this single sentence is drawn out and uses mature "big" words to convey simple feelings.
Point of View
POV: 1st person through the eyes of the protagonist Jane Eyre
Symbolism: the red room, the fires, the split tree
Strong adjectives~ set mood and describe feeling
Uses "old english" style of writing where instead of "I wouldn't like her" in today's writing it was "I would dislike her"
The novel takes the points of view of Jane throughout the stages of her maturity.