Jane Eyre beginning of novelWatch
How does Bronte use language to introduce Jane in the beginning of the novel?
In the first two chapters of the novel, the story begins with “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day”. The negative of “no possibility” successfully portrays how Jane feels that her life is negative and pessimistic. The pluperfect passive of “we had been wandering” gives the sense that they had nowhere to go. It reflects how Jane is alone in the world, with nowhere nice to go to. The oxymoron of “leafless shrubbery” suggests that although her life might appear good, living with her rich aunt, it is actually “leafless” without any love nor joy. Alliteration of “winter wind” emphasises its coldness and harshness. The use of pathetic fallacy creates a gloomy and depressing scene. Bronte uses repetition of “so” to stress the “clouds so sombre…..so penetrating” which adds to the sad scene.
The sudden juxtaposition of the dreadful day to “I was glad of it” suggests that Jane is quite an unusual child. We later on see that her life is miserable, especially on the “long walks”. The emotive language of “a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie” makes the reader feel that poor Jane is often told off. It shows that she is brave because she struggles to enjoy life in her cruel surroundings. “Physical inferiority” also highlights how Jane feels inadequate in compasison to her cousins. The reader can instantly see that she is not treated well at all.