Jane Eyre. Analysis and reasons on why it is an effective opening.
Jane Eyre has an effective beginning for many reasons. I shall start at the beginning. Jayne Eyre as a book is eponymous, meaning that the title of the novel is the name of the main character. This is effective because before we start even reading the book we are thinking, “Who is she?” “What is her role in the story”. Through the first chapter we find out a lot of important character traits relating to both Jane and her cousin John. We feel incredibly sympathetic towards Jane as not only is she being bullied by her family, but she has grown accustomed to it.
On the first page we find that she questions everything, that she will not stand by whilst injustice is being served. This may show her personality through the rest of the book which makes her stand out as a very powerful character even though she is described as inferior to the rest of the family. This may portray her as a role model to many female readers that feel that they are inferior to men. “Girl Power”.
When she locks herself within the library, she comes across many books that are complex, it is surprising that a child aged 10 is interested in “Bewick’s History of British Birds” also later on in the chapter she also tell about her love and passion for “Goldsmiths History Of Rome”.
Throughout the begging chapter the colour red that signifies anger, passion and terror, For example the “Red moreen curtain” that she hides behind and the blood drops from her injury both signifies anger, anger towards John. This may get the readers thinking that the story is about Love, anger and most of all passion, a passion for justice. At the end of the chapter she also gets locked in the “Red Room” by her aunt. This may represent anger, confinement and terror.
Is Bertha the Inner Fire of Jane Eyre? Jane Eyre is one of the prominent pieces of literature, written by famous English writer Charlotte Bronte. In this research I would like to cover the main issues raised up at the novel. Particularly we are going to talk about the role of Bertha, who is the one of the core characters in this story. Her relationship with the young governess in their house seem ...
During her time in the library she describes a book, “Bewick’s history of birds” that I mentioned earlier. She describes “Gave significance to the rock standing up alone in the sea of billow and spray”. This may be a reference to Jane’s life, not only at home where she is emotionally segregated from the rest of the family, but later in life, as she becomes more independent. She will be powerful even though the “billow and spray”, metaphorically speaking the troubles in her life, will weaken her she may become more emotionally strong, “Standing Up Alone”.
Also included in this description of the book there is an abstract reference to John, “the fiend pinning down the thief’s pack behind him, I passed over it quickly: it was an object of terror”. Later on in the chapter Jane describes her fear of john, “Every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh shrunk when he came near”. An object of terror links John to Jane’s life and the story that she is reading, as they both inflict terror. This adds to the impact of the opening as you have to really read between the lines. When the reader realises this, the reader will become intrigued about what other “Hidden Messages” that are encrypted within the story. However, it also tells us that even Jane’s escape, if you will, from reality is still filled with terror.
“(as at a later period I discovered) from the pages of Pamela and Henry, Earl of Moreland. This hints towards the fact that she become better educated and well read during her later life. Possibly because she had the chance to be educated. This may be the independence that the book refers too (as do I in the above chapters).
Giving the reader a chance to have a previous idea of the events throughout the novel which in turn keeps the reader in suspense to see if their guess is right.
Throughout the story john refers to Jane as a “rat”. Personally I believe that many animals are dependent on the superior beings, humans, in turn this has made Jane feel that the rest of the family is superior to her as she is dependant, such like an animal.
The first chapter of John Bergers book Ways of Seeing, as well as the whole book, is penetrated with the idea that images occupy the central place in peoples life. The author believes that the so called iconic signs are the best way to convey feelings and emotions. Bergner writes: It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can ...
In the first chapter john refers to Jane, his cousin as “Joan”. This may be meaningful to show that he is unattached, that she means nothing to him, that he can’t even remember her name as she is that inferior. If this is the case this will keep the reader sympathetic towards Jane, and keep them intrigued in the novel to see if Jane is able to prove to the family that even though she was orphaned she is not inferior. To get her own back of you will as not only is she not inferior but she was able to get there on her own, with self-worth and not with the aid of family connections, top education and massive fortune. She did it independently, which in a way gives Jane more worth in a sense compared to John.
This novel, personally, is a brilliant beginning. Not only is there brilliant description of the scenery but the encrypted clues to what happened throughout the book keeps the reader intrigued. The opening manages to pull you in and keep you guessing at the events, and you will feel to read on as you want to know if you are right. The sympathetic role of Jane that Charlotte Bronte set will let the reader have a connection with her, especially as it is written in the first person, making you feel like the narrator, feeling like you have a part in the novel, feeling as you are taking this journey with her.