Jane Eyre

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How does charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre in the opening of the novel?
The novel portrays a story of a young orphan by the name of Jane who has to live with her cruel aunt Mrs Reed and cousins at Gateshead Manor, where Jane is continually abused until she moves away to Lowood school and eventually finds happiness there. Bronte uses various techniques to create sympathy for Jane including: pathetic phallacy, symbolism, animal imagery, characterisation and language and structure. Charlotte Bronte uses pathetic phallacy as one of her main techniques that she uses to create sympathy for Jane. She uses the created setting to suggest that the weather could reflect Jane's state of mind. The type of weather really indicates and also allows us access to Jane's thoughts and feelings 'The cold winter wind had bought with it clouds so sombre and a rain so penetrating'. The winter wind is described as 'cold' bringing visuals of a bleak setting to the readers mind. Jane describes the clouds as 'sombre 'which is a human emotion which then suggests that maybe Jane could be personifying the clouds. However the personification of the 'sombre clouds' could be a mirror reflection of Jane herself and how she feels. One choice that the author decides to make is the narrative perspective option. Narrative perspective is the technique by which the author chooses to relate the story to the reader, and in this case, the narrator is the protagonist (Jane Eyre) producing first person narrative. “I was glad of it; I never liked long walks”. This quote shows the pronoun ‘I’ in use, describing Jane’s opinion, which immediately allows us to interact with the character.
The use of first person narrative authorises us to not only sympathise with Jane, but empathise alongside her too. An example of this is, “humbled by my consciousness of my physical…...

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