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  • Jane Eyre Chapter 1
    • Jane is ten years old she is an orphan living at Gateshead Hall her aunt Mrs Reed and young cousins her uncle has recently died
      • CONTEXT Charlotte Bronte's mother also died when she was young like Jane
    • weather is gloomy and miserable (pathetic fallacy) so Jane is shut inside
      • Charlotte Bronte uses a lot of descriptions of the settings and the weather throughout the novel to help establish mood and to reflect upon some of the major themes
    • she is isolated and unhappy she is not welcome in the Reed family
    • she hides behind a curtain in the library reading one of her uncles books (she loves reading)
    • When she is discovered behind the curtain by her cousin John,14, he is abusive and hits her with the book
    • Jane fights back and attacks John with passion however passionate is not a attractive quality
      • When she is discovered behind the curtain by her cousin John,14, he is abusive and hits her with the book
      • she is heavily punished by Mrs Reed. she is locked in the red room which was her uncles room and where he had died
    • KEY THEME: ISOLATION her loneliness and isolation is evident when she hides behind the curtains in a deserted room reading a book Bewick's history of British birds she likes the photos which are described as bleak and isolated places
    • KEY CHARCTER: JANE ist is clear that she has a strong personality. she refuses to be dominated by her elder cousin John but does recongise him as the bully and stands up to him

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