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Jane Eyre essay by Sam Thacker Education in the 1800s wasn't like today. Not everyone had education. Most of the boys had an education. The rich had very good education and usually went to boarding schools or had a governess. For middle class children they went to old grammar schools, church schools or charity schools. Most girls didn't have an education at all. In the schools they usually learnt the bible off by heart. Charlotte Bronte bases Lowood School from her own experiences at Cowan Bridge School. She describes Lowood as a horrible place to be with no heating and terrible food with very harsh and religious rules and the way they ran the school. Lowood was a charity school. At Lowood School the teachers had to teach in the way the principal and the governors wanted them to, which was very strict. Children in the 1800's were expected to behave very good with no talking or mischief and to be seen and not heard. Miss Temple was not allowed to teach the way she wanted to but the way Mr Brocklehurst wanted her to. There was very little money spent on the girls with the horrible food they received, which wasn't even enough for the growing children and their dresses are plain and are made by the girls. ...read more.


She describes the way she looks as a very attractive, young, well-dressed woman. Mr Brocklehurst is the Principal of Lowood School and is in charge of it. Charlotte Bronte describes Mr Brocklehurst using imagery and metaphors. She describes him as a black pillar using metaphors. Charlotte Bronte says that he is "placed above the shaft by way of capital" using imagery. What this shows us is that Mr Brocklehurst is quite frightening but the description of him is a bit over exaggerated. Charlotte Bronte uses metaphors and Imagery to describe Mr Brocklehurst as a tall man, wearing a black suit, who has an unusual face and stands straight. Mr Brocklehurst is a hypocrite who believes the girls at his school should be humble and not have any luxuries at all so their souls will be pure. Mr Brocklehurst is a hypocrite because he says the girls in his school should not have luxuries and be humble but in his house and family have a vast amount of luxuries and are not humble, so that makes him a hypocrite and does not practice what he preaches. The best example of Mr Brocklehurst being a hypocrite is when he tells off Julia Severn for having curly hair even though it curls naturally and says her hair will have to be cut off "Naturally! ...read more.


The health conditions were excusable because they didn't have the knowledge of germs etc. of what we know today. There was a sense of Christian values there basing everything on god. The education there was strongly based on religion and religious education was the most important lesson there. It usually consisted of learning passages of the bible, which I see as pointless and should base the education on more of the important subjects like science and maths. The education there and the education we receive nowadays are different. Then Religious education was extremely important but today it is not as important at all but today the most important are Maths, Science and English. Today children are forbidden to be hit by teachers but then children were hit very regularly. Nowadays every child receives education whether going to school, boarding school, tutor or home schooled. In those days not everyone went to school especially girls. If I was in Lowood School in those times I would be extremely angry because I am used to the way they teach in these days. I would find the ways horrible and not right So times have changed from then to now and has changed for the better Click for info. ...read more.

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