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K. M. Weiland: A Literary Analysis

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When writing a piece of literature how the author is able to hook the reader is a way to draw in a reader’s attention to the story. Being able to write a good piece of literature, the story throughout needs to capture the reader’s eye. Meaning the author needs to give the reader a reason to stick around and to move forward through the story. K.M. Weiland author of The Hook states “Readers are like fish. Smart fish. Fish who know authors are out to get them, reel them in, and capture them” (338). Readers pick up novels or any type of story to be in awe of the new information or world taken in by books and novels. Being able to capture the reader’s attention is a passage only the author can work towards.
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Through the text John seems to be the main antagonist in the conflict, he constantly bullies Jane and tortures her every day. These events seem to demonstrate the behaviors that Jane has adopted. K.M. Weiland describes conflict within a novel as “No conflict, no story.” (339) The conflict is created in novels to give the reader a way to stick around and show how the character can develop through the conflict. Weiland later explains “Conflict keeps the pages turning, and turning pages are nowhere more important than in the beginning.” (339) The reader is able to be hooked into the story by the amount of conflict there is between Jane and the rest of the children living in the house, John is the main aggressor in the story as well as Ms. Reed. Charlotte Bronte takes advantage of this conflict by immediately hooking the reader into wandering why there is such hatred from John to Jane. The conflict is inferred when Jane wants to be separated from the other children in the house. Bronte clarifies by giving multiple examples on the hatred from John. After Jane is discovered from her hiding space John immediately sprouts into action by insulting the young Jane Eyre. On page 374 the conflict begins between John and Jane, “Where the dickens is she! Lizzy! Georgy! Joan is not here: tell mama she is run out into the rain—bad animal!” (374) The amount of hatred that John has for Jane is very apparent with just this sentence. Calling her an animal just because she was trying to get away from the very thing and person she fears most in her life. Jane is definitely a courageous character to face her fears and to summon the courage to confront this vicious foe. When she reveals herself from her hiding spot to confront John and the others she begins to ask what they want with her where John replies with such anger “Say, ‘What do you want, Master Reed?’” (374)
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