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How do Jane's childhood experiences at Gateshead and Lowood help to form her character?

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How do Jane's childhood experiences at Gateshead and Lowood help to form her character? At Gateshead Jane is treated really harshly this in later life helps to form her character. She is sent to Lowood where she is also treated in the same way this helps her to except things easily and makes her learn to improve herself as a person. At Gateshead Jane is taught that she is of a low status pg 14 "am I a servant? No, you are less than a servant, for you do nothing for your keep." This quote clearly states that Jane is a lower status then a servant. Here Jane is taught she is no-one and never will be no-one as she doesn't do anything to make herself known as someone. ...read more.


The quote basically shows Jane had her own self to rely and no one but herself. But later on loneliness helps Jane as she decides to leave Lowood and explore the real world as she is aware that there is more beyond Lowood. pg 86 "............ I remembered that the real world was wide and that a varied filed of hopes ............ awaited those who had courage to go forth". This proves that she has confidence in herself and independence. At Lowood Jane receives a good hard education. pg 85 "I had the means of an excellent education placed within my reach ............ I availed myself fully as the advantages offered me". Due to this chance of education Jane is determined to learn and does. ...read more.


Her self esteem helps her to turn down st.John's offer of marriage. At Gateshead Jane is not treated as family by her rich relatives but like un outsider to be precise even worse. She learns that poverty isn't a sin she says when she arrives at Thornfeild "I have never lived amongst fine people but once and I was very miserable". Jane's childhood helped her be honest, a strong woman and a virtuous person. She has strong belief of women's rights and she is feminist when she leaves Rochester and refuses to accompany St John. Jane is able to live without a companion. Today if people were aware of what Jane had was going through her childhood she would've been taken away from her aunt and would been kept by a better family or foster home. But during the 19th century these types of services where not around. English Jane Eyre coursework Fatima collector Yr 10s set 3 ...read more.

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