Eujean Oh AP Literature and Composition Close Reading-Jane’s Character First Setting: Gateshead Throughout the book Jane Eyre, the protagonist Jane goes through a variety of stages in her life where the setting/environment of where she lives in forms a part of her character and who she becomes as a person. The first setting in the novel is the Reed family’s home in Gateshead, England. As an orphan with no parents, she is taken in by Mrs. Reed who promised the late Mr.Reed to take care of Jane. Playing the role of the “mean stepmother”, Mrs. Reed as well as all of her cousins John, Eliza and Georgiana treat her as if she was a lowly, undeserving girl. At the fragile age of ten, Jane develops an almost rebellious character and has a lot of anger built inside of her because of feeling wronged by the unfortunate deeds of the Reed family that drives her to become lonely and miserable as a child. Being locked up in the red room also gave her a superstitious side that also proves as a part of the prejudices that form around her when people don’t
When Jane arrives at Lowood, she is immediately struck by negativity. Jane gets accused of being a liar, and this brings her to make some major changes to her persona. She soon sparks a friendship with a girl named Helen. As she and Helen begin to form this friendship, Jane begins to build up courage, as she sees Helen as her support group. Together the girls watch out for each other, and Jane begins to learn not to be so careless, just as Helen has taught her. By the end of her first three months at Lowood, Jane has built a stronger character, when it is compared to the person she was before Lowood and her friendship with Helen.
Basically Jane was taken by her aunt reed who doesn 't really like Jane very much she allows her son to abuse Jane she punishes Jane in the worst way, and when it came down to the end Jane decided to to go to school. But it wasn 't a high quality prep school it was lowwood an all girls school for people of less fortune or wealth. That is where she meets a lot of people one of her best friends there was a girl named Helen. Jane attitude towards life is similar but at the same time
Once again, Jane is unfairly judged and it appears to her that the new life she seeks is long gone. She’s labeled as the outcast, similar to the way she’s treated at Gateshead. (Moseley 3) Jane is stricken; however, Helen Burns assuages the pain. Jane’s friendship with Helen Burns plays a crucial role in controlling her zealous manner. Helen is the archetype of a pure-hearted, caring person with genuine intentions. Her ability to withstand unfair treatment while she maintains her composure provides a role model for Jane to look up to. It’s this persona that Jane desperately needs at this point in her life, especially following the humiliation by Mr. Brocklehurst concerning her fate at Lowood. She teaches Jane the importance of self-control and
The next chapter of Jane’s life starts at Lowood School, her main foundation. She meets some very important people such as Miss Temple and Helen Burns who have a great impact on her success. Jane becomes better educated: book smart and world smart. She takes courses in French, drawing, history, literature, and much more. Jane is very eager and excited to learn. She discusses her academic achievements, “I toiled hard, and my success was proportionate to my efforts; my memory, not naturally tenacious, improved with practice; exercise sharpened my wits; in a few weeks I was promoted to a high class; in less than two months I was allowed to commence French and drawing” (Charlotte Brontë 107). Eventually, Jane graduates at the top of her class. This achievement raises Jane’s self esteem because in the eyes of her peers, she has finally done something right and id being properly honored for it. Helen’s impact in Jane’s live allows for Jane to become a better person overall. Helen helps Jane become a better person overall, by teaching worldly and Godly matter, and
From her troubles with the abusive Reed family, her friendships at Lowood, her love of Mr Rochester and her time with the Rivers family, Jane 's character remains strong and vigilant despite the hardships she endures. Through the course of the novel, Jane 's character changes slightly but moreover reinforces itself as Jane uses people, situations and her personal experiences to gain knowledge, and assist her gaining her full character.
Eventually, through friendship and the dedication of her teacher Miss Temple, Jane matures and learns to control her rebellious nature and accept authority, as she realises the importance of education over pastime. Through the wisdom of her friend Helen Burns, Jane learns to be virtuous, forgiving and calm.
Although the isolation that defines much of Jane Eyre’s life seems only alienating, it also proves to be enriching, for Jane uses that isolation as a basis to truly appreciate the love she discovers when her family is revealed to her after she gains a large inheritance from a distant relative. She would not have been able to truly find and value the love in her family if not for the despair experienced early in life, as that despair led her to her family. She uses her loneliness to gather strength when it is most needed, allowing her to totally heal from the trauma of the red-room and enjoy the eternal warmth her new loving life
The time that Jane Eyre spent at Lowood was a low point in Jane’s life, hence the name. Jane goes to describe the quality of life there. The food that the students must consume is often burnt and meager portions. Every girl must wear a matching straight cut dress, hair pulled straight back into an unbecoming fashion. Jane continues in further detail that Mr. Brocklehurst forced a young student to crop off her naturally curly hair because he claimed it was vain. This was oxymoronic because he and his family dressed in clothing of the highest fashion. Because conditions were poor at Lowood, Jane was often felt gloomy and discontent. Furthermore, when Mr. Brocklehurst falsely identified Jane is a scoundrel in front of the whole school, which Aunt Reed had relayed to him, Jane was profoundly wounded from it. Though Miss. Temple, the head teacher, put straight the incident Jane still held a deep rooted hatred towards Mr. Brocklehurst. However Jane did have a few blissful moments and friends during her stay at Lowood. Jane’s first true friend was Helen Burns. Being several years older than herself, Helen possessed a wisdom like none Jane had previously known. In the instant where Jane was chastised by Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen consoled her by saying “If all the world
Following this dramatic scene, there are many situations in which her individualism can again be sensed. During her stay at Lowood Jane is emotionally subdued and her personality is in many ways suppressed. It is not until after Miss Temple, the person that seemed to shine light on the school, leaves that Jane realizes the restrictions that she is under. It is at his point that she has the sudden urge to leave the confinements of the school, seek a job as a governess, and experience the “varied fields of hopes and fears,
especially horrible as it is the room where her uncle Mr Reed, " breathed his last". Therefore, this reflects Jane's own feelings that she is trapped inside a traumatic world that she does not want to exist in. It is also this world that Jane feels is suffocating her personality and rejecting her. It is also in Bronte's setting of "Lowood" that Jane's character is unfolded to us. It is here that Jane finds sanctuary in Miss Temple. To get to the secret hideaway of Miss Temple's room she must travel through an intricate, dark mass of paths and corridors, so, when she reaches the room it is indeed like a temple, or an oasis of some sort.
Reed did not want to take care of her anymore. However, Jane was happy that she could leave her aunt and hoped that she would start a better life from now on. Jane hoped that maybe she would able to find freedom in Lowood. Little did she know, she would not have a good time there because Lowood is just like another prison under the control of Mr. Brocklehurst. Jane was destined to be misjudged at Lowood. Mr. Brocklehurst told everyone that, “for it becomes my duty to warn you, that this girl, who might be one of God's own lambs, is a little castaway: not a member of the true flock, but evidently an interloper and an alien. You must be on your guard against her; you must shun her example; if necessary, avoid her company, exclude her from your sports, and shut her out from your converse” (64). Lowood Institute was just as dark and gloomy as Gateshead. After eight years in Lowood, six years as a student and two years as a teacher, Jane built defense for the inequality around her. Jane is constrained throughout this experience through the way she has to act, look, and speak. Lowood helped intensify Jane's yearning for the ability to control her own life, and not to be restricted by the rules of society. Jane does not let Mr. Brocklehurst take her desire of learning and pursuing a new life for herself, which makes Jane successful on pushing out of the imprisonment of
• Jane wakes up in her own room with Mr. Lloyd and Bessie. • Mr. Lloyd says Jane should be sent to school. • After two months Jane is sent to the Lowood School. • When Jane arrives she learns the routine and befriends a Girl named Helen Chapters 6-10 • Jane learns that life at the Lowood school is very harsh after not being able to wash on the second day due to frozen water
This alienation worsens when Mrs. Reed has Jane unfairly locked in an old room, referred to as ‘the red room.’ The red room is where Jane’s kind uncle died nine years prior, and where Jane has a life-altering experience. Jane spends a large part of this scene inspecting and describing the gothic elements of the room. She describes the room as “chill,” “silent,” and “solemn.” (Brontë 9). At first, she shows no fear of being in the old room alone, and her attitude parallels the “solemn” room; however, as the room grows dark, Jane’s courage wavers, and she thinks of the dead Mr. Reed. Jane’s thoughts of the dead overwhelm her, and she believes she sees a ghost. After screaming and alerting Mrs. Reed, Jane tells that her to take her to the nursery and not leave her locked in the red room, but Mrs. Reed says that she should stay an hour longer for her interruption. Out of fear and panic, Jane
Jane Eyre is a coming of age story following a young woman and her journey of self-growth. At the start of the novel Jane is living with her aunt and three cousins. They continuously abuse her, treating her like a stranger rather than a family member. At the age of ten Jane leaves her aunt's house and attends boarding school. It is at this school where she learns lessons of forgiveness and hope from a meek young woman named Helen Burns. Subsequently studying and teaching at the school for eight years Jane decides to become a governess at the mysterious Thornfield mansion. She falls in love with the owner of Thornfield and the two make plans to marry. Nonetheless on the day of there wedding Jane discovers that Mr. Rochester is already married and that he keeps his insane wife Bertha trapped away in the attic of Thornfield. Devastated by this information, Jane flees Thornfield and nearly dies from cold and starvation. Soon after she is taken in by the Rivers, two sisters and one brother. The passing of Jane's uncle reveals that she and the Rivers are cousins. It is also revealed that this uncle has left Jane all his fortune. This in turn leaves Jane extremely wealthy. Her cousin St. John Rivers ask Jane for his hand in marriage. However Jane comes to the conclusion that she still loves Mr. Rochester. After declining St. John's proposal Jane journeys back to Thornfield. When she arrives at Thornfield Jane discovers the mysterious mansion in burnt ruins. It is revealed that the