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The Universality of Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre Although Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre was published almost 150 years ago it portrays feelings that people today can recognize Since the nineteenth century cities are larger homes and businesses are more modernized more violence occurs and in general the whole of society is completely different but what has not changed is the way people feel The only difference is the experience or event that causes the emotion We have all felt the same feelings that Jane experiences isolation - the first months of college when you know no one and no one knows you pain - your boyfriend of two years breaks your heart loneliness - the best friend you thought would be there forever moves a thousand miles away To feel such emotions is human Because Jane exposes her humanity as she grows as an individual people of any century can relate to her journey Bronte shows the universality of Janes journey by organizing it into stages that parallel the development of a child into a mature individual Jane begins her journey at Gateshead where we can identify with her because of our own childhood experiences When John Reed says to Jane You have no business to take our books you are a dependant mamma says you have no money your father left you none you ought to beg and not to live here with gentlemans children like us and eat the same meals we do and wear clothes at our mammas expense Bronte 42 he is trying to make her mad maybe even shed a few tears Johns actions resonate the actions of the class bully who too frequently stole lunch money and never got caught Also he plays the role of the big brother who blames his little sister getting her sent to her room as Jane gets blamed and sent to the Red Room Jane never voices her anger or any
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