In the novel Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, women are presented in a wide range of different ways. As Jane is the main character in the story I will be concentrating on how she is presented and particularly, the control men and some women have over her throughout the novel. Right at the very start of the story it almost instantly becomes apparent that Jane is in a place where she is incredibly inferior and has no control over the situation herself, in the second paragraph Jane tells us she is ‘humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed’ this sentence clearly states she is inferior and therefore automatically presents Jane as being different from her cousins, and accepted by them,
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When studying her particular presentation, I found a link with colour symbolism; we hear her name before Blanche is described to us therefore preconceived perceptions are formed instantly, the obvious perception people will have are about her name, Blanche, as this is French for the colour white you associate words to do with the colour white, with Blanch, for example expected her to be very pure and clean, like snow, and not tainted by her name or stature; however my perceptions were wrong, I half expected Blanche to be plain like the colour, but she is not at all, Jane describes her, ‘the noble bust, the sloping shoulders, the graceful neck, the dark eyes and black ringlets’ these are all points of beauty, but not how you would expect someone with the name of Blanche to look. Bronte managed to shock me as a reader as I thought she would be different, however the way she presents her, does not make me like Blanche, as people who are described as being perfect and a thing of beauty are not normally liked, and I as a reader would find it hard to relate to a character like this, as a pose to a plain one like Jane.
Another woman who is presented incredibly strongly in Jane Eyre is Bertha Mason, we don’t meet Bertha until a long way into the novel, we just hear about a crazy woman many times before, however Bronte hits at the situation throughout the novel, so we do tend to get an idea about