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Examine the social context in which Jane Eyre was educated based on Charlotte Bronte's own education.

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Jaimes Charles English literature coursework - Jane Eyre For my English coursework, I have studied a novel by charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. In this piece of coursework, I will examine the social context in which Jane Eyre was educated based on Charlotte Bronte's own education. I will be comparing education in England during one period of the 19th century with my own educational experiences in an inner city London school. In this assignment, I will attempt to show how Charlotte Bront� conveys the experience of childhood and school in the first ten chapters of her novel Jane Eyre. I will make relevant points and use textual evidence to support my views. At the beginning of the novel, Jane lives at Gateshead. This large house creates a lonely, desolate contrast from the busy Victorian cities like London, and is situated in the middle of the Yorkshire moors. This means that there is no way of escape from Gateshead and because of this, Jane is forced to stay with her relatives. Although they her in a cruel and disrespectful way, due to the fact that she is an orphan and has not gained any inheritance from her dead parents. ...read more.

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The isolation is also shown when Jane says "Me, she had dispensed from joining the group." This tells us how Jane is aware of how she is not wanted in the group from the very beginning of the book. The family isolated her at home so that she had nobody to turn to. There was no one to gain strength from so she became very vulnerable and they took advantage of that by bossing her around and intimidating her with their superiority and strength so that any normal child wouldn't dare to talk back. Jane, however, although she was very aware of her status stood up for what was right because she had strong views of what was wrong and right and what was fair and unfair. Lowood, the cheap boarding school Jane is sent to is more of a stricter, intolerant setting but in a united and disciplined way. It also has a cold and spacious contrast, along with a cruel mood. Charlotte Bront� portrays the school and teaching methods to show the hardship of the period, and not just for Jane, but also for the other pupils, by showing the obedient, unjust manner in which children were educated, within boarding schools, and these were those who were fortunate enough to be educated. ...read more.

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This makes Jane happy and she stays there for eight years, six as a student and two as a teacher. The fact that Jane chose to stay there for two more years as a teacher shows that she liked the school and agreed with how it was being run. In conclusion Charlotte Bront� has shown Jane's experience of childhood to be hard and unpleasant because she was poor so she wasn't accepted by her relatives who picked on her and harmed her mentally as well as physically. Charlotte Bront� has portrayed the experience of Lowood School as a harsh environment because of the rules and the discipline for breaking those rules. It also shows that there was a caring environment with some of the teachers such as Miss Temple who care for the children because they know the children have to live in poor conditions. When the school is improved, it makes you like the school more because it has become pleasant, the children are well cared for and they like it at the school. You can see as Jane leaves Lowood to go to another school as a governess that she had grown up from a young vulnerable child to an assertive and confident woman. ...read more.

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