Jane is presented as an intelligent girl from the get-go. This goes against all of the norms of society in the century. She is also presented as a rebellious character who has no qualms about speaking out for her beliefs and opinions, making her a very unusual character whom most people in the book, such as Mrs. Reed resent. Jane is always surrounded by an aura of supernatural activity, as she always see's strange things happen such as the glowing light in the red-room (associated with death, blood red), which could be (due to the red-room being where her uncle died) yet another indication of religion (from Bronte's father) due to this light being the spirit of her uncle.
I feel that Bronte wants the reader to get to know Jane on a personal level. She does this by using a first person narrative which makes us more sympathetic toward her and make us want to read on when we find out that, even though she is of lower class and a woman, she can match the intellect of an upper class male. We can also deduce that Jane is a lonely character when we find out that she is an orphan and that she has no close family, however she is made out to be quite a strong, sensitive, courageous character in the way that she speaks to people above her social class.
From Chapter 3, I feel that Bronte is trying to show us that in future chapters, Jane is going to become independent financially and emotionally as she goes to school. This is symbolic in the book as it shows us that despite her poor background etc, she has the backing to get put through a school, and more than likely turn her life around one day, however, before she goes to the school, Bessie's song reinforces in our minds the image of poverty and loneliness surrounding Jane as she is a "poor orphan child". This is another part of the semantic field of poverty.
In chapter 4, we get to meet Mr. Brocklehurst. This is the first time that religion is formally introduced into Bronte's writing and,