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Explore the presentation with the relationships between the adults and children in chapters 1-9 of Jane Eyre. The main character, Jane Eyre is left in care

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By Beth Thompson Explore the presentation with the relationships between the adults and children in chapters 1-9 of Jane Eyre. The main character, Jane Eyre is left in care, under the supervision of the Reed family. Whilst Mr Reed is on his death bed he asks one thing of his wife. That was to care and to keep a roof over miss Eyre's head, he loved Jane dearly and he was the only one in the family who did. Jane was kept under the roof of Mrs Reed but was not looked after or shown love at all. This resulted in mental cruelty and the things that Mrs Reed put forth to Jane also resulted in Physical cruelty. Mrs Reed has two uncaring, selfish children who abuse Jane and Mrs Reed just turns a blind eye. This therefore has scared Jane physically and mentally. Many adults within the first four chapters of Jane Eyre abuse children including Jane herself, in more ways than one and I will explain further how I feel this effects the relationships those children have with people, mainly adults. Mrs Reeds son, John hits Jane and causes bleeding, she knows full well that he hit her because she saw it happen but ...read more.

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Mrs Scatchard uses physical abuse as discipline, she feels that the only way to communicate with a child is to physical force. Jane thinks that this is totally out of order but some people beg to differ. Mrs Scatcherd picks on a girl called Helen Burns, it seemed that everything she did was wrong. "Burns, you are standing on the side of your she, turn your toes immediately." Helen does not show any sort of emotion towards Mrs Scatcherd, she does not hate her for trying to make her feel small or for trying to embarrass her. Helen says to Jane "Cruel? Not at all, she dislikes my faults". Helen's theory is that she went to the school for the education and she was not going to let anyone or anything stop that from happening. I partly think that Mrs Scatcherd is mentally abusing her students as well as physically as she has blatantly told Helen so many times that it is her own fault and problems and until she started to believe it herself. Jane lacks love in her home and therefore, in evidence to her suffering she looks for other sources to love and feel loved back by. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mrs Reed's treatment of her other children in comparison with Jane, is very unjust. Jane feels that despite her attempts to be good, the family and servants will always be unjustly prejudiced against her. Abbot said that 'if she were a nice, pretty child one might compassionate her forlornness' this is saying that if she were pretty like little Georgiana then she would be able to get away with a lot more and be let off with her faults. In conclusion I think that the reason that the relationship with adults and children were so minimal was because of the injustice of their whole lives. The adults are the ones who can help and change the way they live but they don't. The children feel a lot closer to other children as they are in the same situation as themselves. When Helen was dying, she did not want any adult by her side, she wanted Jane and this just shows that in a time of life and death situation the one who Helen trusted was a 10 year old girl who had very little experiences of the world. If justice was achieved by the adults, and the pupils lives got better, easier and more comfortable then I think that the relationship between adults and pupils would have improved greatly. ...read more.

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