In Jane Eyre, discuss Jane's observations about the book she is reading and draw a conclusion. At the beginning of chapter one.

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It is vitally important to realise that the book that Jane is reading in this first chapter of this incredible novel is not just chosen at random to fill space in the page. No, it is a carefully chosen novel that has been selected for a purpose. One of the aspects that clearly comes through from the first chapter is how Jane is presented as an isolated, solitary individual. Note how this element is reinforced through her reading of Berwick's History of Britsh Birds:

They were those which treat of the haunts of sea-fowl; of "the solitary rocks and promontories" by them only inhabited; of the coast of Norway, studded with isles from its southern extremity... Nor could I pass unnoticed the suggestion of the bleak shores of Lapland, Siberia, Spitzbergen, Nova Zembla, Iceland, Greenland,...

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