Jane is represented as an exploited victim and a lonely Cinderella in a number of ways throughout the first four chapters of the book. It comes with the way Bronte writes as Jane being the narrator but also in the way the events in Jane’s childhood unfold. There are many incidents where the reader pities and feels for Miss Eyre that is continuous throughout the book. A key point of isolation for Jane is following the incident with John Reed where she is locked within the Red Room.
Bronte tells the reader this outright as if coming from Jane as narrator in relfection. She states that “I was discord in Gateshead hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs Reed or her children” this shows to the reader the get lengths that the family have taken to exile her. Although being brought up by this family they are decided on despising her to the point of non-existence.
Furthering this Jane proposes that they regarded her as “ a useless thing incapable of serving their interest” here she is almost portrayed as a toy that a young child has grown out of or began to find tedious. Moreover here wish to be isolated from her current situation is paramount. Bronte makes the reader feel sympathy for this poor lowly creature, who is defenceless against those obstacles that stand in the way of her happiness. She wishes for nothing more to leave this place but she seems to be forever chained to unhappiness.
However when the opportunity presents itself of escape she jumps at it. “ If I had anywhere else to go I should be glad to leave; but I cannot leave until I am a woman” Bronte here focuses on the oppression she has a woman not being able to leave but also how very alone she is and the hatred she has for somewhere that is meant to be her ‘home’. Bronte also portrays Jane’s feelings using a soliloquy type of device. Throughout the chapters Jane is narrating but at some points it seems as though Bronte wants us to feel as if Jane is inside her own head.
This shows to the reader perhaps the real feelings that this ‘wild and passionate’ girl is having and is hiding behind the mask. This adds to the pity and the loneliness that the reader feels for Jane as it seems she has no one but herself to ponder to. “why was I always suffering, always browbeaten………. ” This separation from the rest of the family optimises the idea of the lonely Cinderella. She makes herself the victim but in a way that we support her.