Jane Eyre - Miss Temple's Influence on Jane

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"Jane Eyre" is set during the Victorian period, at a time where a women's role in society was restrictive and repressive and class differences distinct. A job as a governess was one of the only few respectable positions available to the educated but impoverished single women. <br> <br>Not only is "Jane Eyre" a novel about one woman's journey through life, but Brontë also conveys to the reader the social injustices of the period, such as poverty, lack of universal education and sexual inequality. Jane's plight and her "dependent " status is particularly emphasised at the beginning of the novel. <br> <br>Miss Temple is the kind and fair-minded superintendent of Lowood School, who plays an important role in the emotional development of Jane…show more content…
<br> <br>Jane admits "to her instruction I owed the best part of my acquirements; her friendship and society and been my continual solace; she had stood me in the stead of mother, governess, and latterly, companion". <br> <br>Miss Temple's treatment of Helen also has an influence on Jane. Jane has a great deal of admiration for Miss Temple, and in many ways copies her behaviour. Miss Temple's treatment of Helen shows Jane how to treat other people, with kindness and respect. <br> <br>When Miss Temple invites Jane and Helen for tea, Jane listens enraptured to Helen's and Miss Temple's intellectual discussion, while observing a real warmth and affinity between them. It is clear to Jane that both Miss Temple and Helen are both very intelligent and well read, Jane admires these qualities and tries to seek them herself as they lead to an independence of mind, another quality that Jane wishes to acquire. <br> <br>The extent of Miss Temple's influence on Jane can be seen by the way she reacts to Miss Temple's departure, "from the day she left I was no longer the same: with her was gone every settled feeling that made Lowood in some degree a home to me" and without the presence of Miss Temple there to guide her she feels that "the reason to be tranquil was no more". <br> <br>Miss Temple acts as a strong role model to Jane, and holds the qualities which Jane aspires to have: kindness, sensitivity to the sufferings of others and

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