Jane Eyre- An Autobiography by gyvwpgjmtx

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									Charlotte Bront 毛 first published the novel Jane Eyre as Jane Eyre: An
Autobiography. Although the title has since been changed, many readers still perceive
it as a story about Bront 毛鈥檚 own life. Reading Jane Eyre as an autobiographical
novel is just one of various options. This point of view allows the reader to understand
the character of Jane through the life of Charlotte. Although it is obvious that Jane and
Charlotte did not live the same lives, they share many characteristics. The most
efficient and effective way to read Jane Eyre is with an autobiographical mindset
because the reader can find many similarities between Jane and Charlotte such as their
personalities, families, childhoods, societies, journeys, and romantic relationships.
  One major similarity between Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bront 毛 is their personalities.
Both can be characterized as plain and outsiders. Jane struggles to find where she
belongs and Bront 毛 tries to find herself. When Bront 毛 was a child, her life could
be described as chaotic, just as Jane 鈥檚 could be. Bront 毛鈥檚 frenzied child-life
was a cause from experiences such as the many deaths of people close to her. Jane has
many preternatural experiences that frighten her, but at the same time, make her
stronger. A major preternatural experience was her being locked in the red room as a
child. While she was in the red room, she saw a ghost of her dead uncle. In the
beginning of the novel, Jane makes various references to books that she is reading or
has read. She seems to enjoy reading because she can escape from the real world.
Bront 毛 and her sisters all loved to read as well. The region were Bront 毛 lived also
relates to the setting of Jane Eyre and Jane herself. The Bront 毛 s lived in the
countryside which is known as a mysterious, stormy area. This stormy weather is used
in the novel to describe Jane 鈥檚 mood. For example, in the first few lines of the
book, the weather is described; 鈥渂 ut since dinner . . . the cold winter wind had
brought with it clouds so somber, and a rain so penetrating 鈥?(1). These few lines
relate to Jane 鈥檚 mood when she lives with the Reeds. They are not welcoming or
caring towards Jane and the weather reflects it. These characteristics of having chaotic
lives and similar interests show that Jane 鈥檚 personality is parallel to Bront 毛鈥檚
throughout the story.
  Jane and Charlotte also have very similar families and went through like childhoods.
Charlotte 鈥檚 mother died when she was only 5 years old. Jane Eyre 鈥檚 parents
both died from typhus shortly after Jane 鈥檚 birth. In the novel, Jane is then raised
by her aunt, Mrs. Reed. Charlotte expresses her pain of growing up with one parent
through the character of Jane. In the society where Charlotte grew up, children who
lost their parents had to life with relatives or were sent to orphanages. The adults in
charge of these orphanages had complete control, just as Mr. Brocklehurst does at
Lowood. Children of Charlotte 鈥檚 time had very few rights, just as Jane does. She
is humiliated by lots of people she interacts with in the story. In chapter seven of Jane
Eyre, Mr. Brocklehurst embarrasses Jane in front of the whole school. He tells
everyone that she is a liar and he allowed no one to talk to her for the day. Beating and
public harassment was acceptable in Charlotte 鈥檚 time, and that is reflected in Mr.
Brocklehurst 鈥檚 treatment of Jane. Bront 毛 writes about her humiliation through
Jane 鈥檚 experiences. The disrespect Jane endures is a reflection of Bront 毛鈥檚.
This shows the disrespect that both Jane and Charlotte endured. They have similar
experiences in their families and in growing up.
  The societies that Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bront 毛 live in are also similar. In Bront
毛鈥檚 time, teachers have no authority in schools. In the story, Miss Temple wants
to help the students, but she, as both a teacher and a woman, has no power. As men
had the dominant role when the author was young, women were taught to be lady-like
and proper. They were taught to cook, clean, and raise children, and it was rare for a
woman to earn a living. Bront 毛 was rebellious because she became a writer; Jane
expresses her rebelliousness when she stands up for herself throughout the novel, such
as the time when she fights back to her cousin John. At Lowood, Jane meets Helen
Burns. Helen is lady-like and accepts her role in society. Jane learns from Helen how
girls are expected to act, but she still disagrees. During Bront 毛鈥檚 time, it was
most common for people to accept their family religion, and have a simple faith. Jane
is daring by going against this when she makes religious references or when she talks
about her supernatural experiences. Jane tells Mr. Brocklehurst that she finds the
Psalms interesting. This isn 鈥檛 acceptable for the time, so it seems to be a big deal.
These characteristics are shared between Jane and her creator.
  As the story progresses, Bront 毛 reveals more about herself through the heroine 鈥
檚 actions. Throughout the book, Jane grows mentally and spiritually. During her
childhood at Gateshead, Jane allows her emotions to control her actions; these times
are some of her most painful memories. She learns to rule her heat with her mind
though the rest of the plot. When Jane decides to leave Rochester, in fear of being hurt,
she uses her mind over her heart. In this part of the story, Jane travels far to a distant
land. Charlotte Bront 毛, like Jane, traveled to wondrous lands, but only within the
limits of her own mind. Bront 毛 may have used Jane to share her imagined journeys.
In 1826, Bront 毛鈥檚 father gave Branwell, Bront 毛鈥檚 brother, a box of wooden
soldiers for him to play with. The Bront 毛 siblings, while playing with the soldiers,
created and wrote in great detail about an imaginary world, which they called Angria.
Some of their writings may have been transferred into Jane Eyre. In 1821, Bront 毛
became a teacher at the Roe Head school. While she was there, she grew nervous
about her siblings back at home, so she spent much of her time thinking about wild
landscapes and travels to distract her. Bront 毛 was once quoted saying, 鈥淲 hat I
imagined grew morbidly vivid.鈥?Her visions of Angria were reflected in her story of
Jane Eyre. Along with this similarity of travel, one can also say that Bront 毛鈥檚
diversion of imagination is similar to Jane 鈥檚 of reading. The author uses her
personal stories and memories in the conception of the character Jane Eyre.
  A final, very similar quality shared between Bront 毛 and Jane is their relationships.
Both Bront 毛 and Jane fall in love with a married man. The author falls in love with
the head schoolmaster, who is married. Jane, similar to Bront 毛, falls in love with her
master, Mr. Rochester, who is also married. Another connection between the two
women 鈥檚 love lives is that they both reject marriage to a reverend. In the story,
Jane 鈥檚 cousin, St. John, asks Jane to be his wife and travel to India with him. She
rejects him just as Bront 毛 had rejected a man in her life. A final similarity is that
both Bront 毛 and Jane did not find love until later in their lives.
  Charlotte Bront 毛 may have produced Jane 鈥檚 character in order to voice her
opinion and personal memories from her life. Bront 毛 and Jane both struggle to
discover stability in their lives and to find others who can identify with them. Bront 毛
uses Jane to express her feelings on society, gender, religion, and other various topics.
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