The Portrayal of Childhood in Jane Eyre

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The Portrayal of Childhood in Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a novel written in the first person about her life. It follows her life from the eyes of an un-moulded child, to a moulded young woman.

Charlotte Brontë was the author of the book and a lot of the book reflected aspects of her life, this added a more personal and atmospheric feel to the book. I think the genre of the book can be classed by a mixture of two: the gothic novel and the romantic novel. I think this, because the gothic novel includes many themes such as the mysterious and horrific or unexplained. This genre can definitely describe the mysterious happenings at Thornfield, which were to do with Bertha Mason (Mr. Rochester's secret
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As Bessie takes the role of Jane's mother figure, she calms her depression with her appearance and affection. This quote describes how Jane saw her:

"…Bessie's presence, compared with the thoughts over which I had been brooding, seemed cheerful, even though, as usual, she was some-what cross…I was disposed to bask in her youthful lightness of heart..."

Jane feels warm around Bessie and even though she doesn't receive the genuine motherly affection from Bessie; she is willing to see the warmer side. The statement shows that even though Bessie was 'some-what cross', Jane was eager to see the good behind or through the bad.

Bessie and Jane embraced in a kiss at one point, and I think this was significant to Jane, because it was an exchange of affection and love between them. She also ends the chapter with:

"…Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine…"

This statement proves Jane's need and appreciation for love; I think that Bessie could be seen as the sunshine, seeing as she also brought warmth into Jane's life.

However, when Jane moves to Lowood, Bessie is no longer upholding the position of Jane's mother. Due to this, Jane again is lonely and desperate for a new start. She then 'adopts' the headmistress of Lowood, Ms. Temple as her surrogate mother. Jane does this because there is an air of respect and authority about Ms. Temple, as it

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