Jane Eyre Tone and Diction Essay

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Jane Eyre The novel Jane Eyre is a story about a stoic woman who fights her entire life through many trials and tribulations until she finds true love and achieves an almost nirvana-like state of being. The manner, in which Charlotte Bronte writes, her tone and diction especially, lends its self to the many purposes of the novel. The diction of Bronte usually had characteristics of gothic culture and showed the usually negative and angry inner thoughts of Jane. The tone of the novel was there sympathetic towards Jane and displayed her as an intelligent and kind person who has been given a terrible lot in life. This allows the audience to feel connected with Jane because most people have gone through times in their life where they have …show more content…
Reed was doing to her, which would allow the audience to detest Mrs. Reed more and strengthen the bond between Jane and the audience. The tone of the passage is also very negative. The way the sentence is arranged makes it sound even painful. The accusation did not only hurt her feelings, but it cut through her heart. That phrase will call to the readers minds a painful and volatile image that one incorporates with maliciousness. The rough cacophonous sound of the words like accusation, cut, and obliterate made the readers uncomfortable reading the sentence. The audience will feel much sympathy for Jane because the sentence structure itself causes anguish. Again similar to diction, the tone of the passage and the rest of the essay is used to create a strong bond between the readers and Jane so that all her problems can be more easily related and more interesting. While the previous passage showed how Bronte’s diction and tone of Jane’s inner thoughts provoked sympathy; there are also times when external factors are shown in a light that demonstrate the dreadfulness of Jane’s life. In a section in which Jane describes her teacher, she shows her displeasure of each teacher by giving scathing descriptions of each teacher, “I was still looking at them, and also at intervals examining the teachers-none of whom precisely pleased me for the stout one was a little coarse, the dark on not a little fierce, the foreigner harsh and grotesque, and Miss Miller, poor thing!

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