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Jane Eyre Essay The first ten chapters of 'Jane Eyre' look at the journey of this eponymous heroine in the early stages of her childhood. The themes of violent bullying and extreme isolation are paramount in the opening of the novel. The audience are immediately subjected to her experience at Gateshead, that is the family home of Jane's very cruel aunt Mrs Reed. The name Gateshead in itself, suggests some kind of imprisonment. We soon identify that the treatment of Jane Eyre has much to do with the societal values and ideologies of the Victorian era. The lifestyle Jane Eyre is expected to live is typical of the top or upper class person in Victorian society. Jane lives in a wealthy estate that was her uncle's. She lives with her aunt Mrs Reed and her three cousins who are called John, Eliza & Georgiana. They are treated almost like royalty; they are pampered and have everything to their hearts desire. In the novel the protagonist is Jane Eyre. ...read more.


Winter comes and many of the girls at Lowood School have become ill. This is because of the extremely harsh weather conditions and the fact that at the time many establishments didn't have heating, which didn't prevent illness spreading. It was about half way through the winter and Helen falls seriously ill and dies in Jane's arms. This is a turning point in the story as Jane feels like she has had everything then again as at the beginning she has nobody. The relationship between Jane and her aunt is one of avoidment. Mrs Reed tries to keep Jane out of the way of her children whom she treats as saints. They are her little angels who can't have their fragile minds, which are oblivious to the real world, tainted by the outspoken nature of Jane. Mrs Reed feels threatened by Jane's fiery personality and thinks that if her children hear Jane they will see Mrs Reed for who she really is. Jane has never had a good relationship with Mr Brocklehurst when she said she liked the gospels in the bible but not the psalms. ...read more.


In this essay I have explained the way Jane Eyre lives her childhood in the first 10 chapters. I have also presented the society Jane Eyre was living in at the time. I have explained her lifestyle at Gateshead and Lowood. I have shown how her relationships with adults are poor. She doesn't agree with any authority figure, most of who are self righteous. I have compared the modern day society and social status with the social class system in the Victorian era. In my opinion the way childhood is presented in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is, as an upward struggle of abuse, bullying and neglect on a long and winding road to adulthood. On that long and winding road Jane faces friendship, hate, anger and loss, disownment, punishment, abuse and loneliness. At the end of the road Jane makes it with a few chips to the paintwork and some damage to the body work that can be fixed. But there are some problems under the bonnet that don't quite go away. But she would still pass her MOT. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aaron Mundow 1 ...read more.

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