Jane Eyre Rhetorical Analysis

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Not as it Seems: Gaining a More Comprehensive Understanding of New Situations in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre tells a story about the journey of its protagonist, Jane, to find meaning and satisfaction in her life. The novel employs literary choices and characters’ incorrect assumptions about situations to show that although first impressions are important, seeking a deeper understanding of people and situations is more important. When Jane is trying to form a new life, she extensively considers the way she is perceived and how it differs from how she feels about herself. Jane’s interactions with the Rivers family demonstrate how people think about each other differently as they learn more about each other. Additionally,…show more content…
At the end of chapter eight, Jane determines that because she has companionship at Lowood charity school, her new home there is far better than her old home at Gateshead. As winter comes to an end, Jane gains more freedom, and as a result of this, feels that Lowood is even better than she realized; unfortunately, the reason for this newfound independence is that many students are sick, and some are dying, due to typhus. In the introduction of chapter nine, Jane describes the changes coming with spring: “[T]he privations, or rather the hardships, of Lowood lessened. Spring drew on – she was indeed already come; the frosts of winter had ceased; its snows were melted, its cutting wind ameliorated (90).” Brontë leads the readers to believe that the entire environment at Lowood is getting better, but these positive changes have a negative side. The pleasant descriptions of spring and expressions of relief that the terrible winter is over at opening of the chapter are interrupted. Jane says Lowood was “pleasant enough, but whether healthy or not is another question (91),” and explains that with so many students out of commission, the already overworked teachers give more freedom to those not afflicted with typhus. Harsh words, such as “cutting wind,” are used to describe the recent winter, but similar words could also be used to describe the condition of the ill Lowood students. Brontë reminds the readers that every bad event can lessen the “privations” for someone, but not everyone stands to benefit from bad events “ameliorating.” By using the pleasure Jane gains from being one of the healthy students to mask its sinister cause, Brontë shows not only in her content but also in her writing style and setup for the chapter that bad events can be hidden behind good

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