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Jane Eyre.

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JANE EYRE The novel that I'm studying is called Jane Eyre. It's written by a famous writer called Charlotte Bronte. The novel is about a girl called Jane Eyre who is living with her uncle who is called Mr.Brocklehurst. She is living with him because her parents are dead. She is treated very ruthlessly and brutally by the family and she hates it so much. She is later sent to an Institution called Lowood which is owned by Mr.Brocklehurst in which she is also treated cruelly. However she manages to find herself a friend called Helen, who is suffering from cancer which Jane doesn't know about until later on in the story. We later on find out the harsh conditions that the children are living in and how Jane is treated by Mr. Brocklehurst as we progress through the story. In chapter 7 Charlotte Bronte reveals the harsh conditions at Lowood School (She reveals the characters backgrounds in depth). The younger students experienced a more difficult life than the older ones because usually the older students coaxed or menaced the little ones out of their portion or they would deny the chance of any little girl going next to the fire as they would immediately surround the fire in a double row. The clothing they wore in the cold weather was not appropriate as they did not have gloves, boots or thick clothes. They would not get proper meals and if they made a mistake they would be punished severely. Helen who is a timid girl, gets told off regularly for tiny mistakes she makes even though she's ill. There is no favouritism or sympathy in Lowood by any of the teachers apart from one teacher called Miss Temple, who has a heart of gold. She was the only teacher that treated Jane and Helen with some respect and she sometimes spoilt them by giving them more appropriate food. ...read more.

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Mr. Brocklehurst is a very mean and brutal person. He likes things to be done his way and has to be obeyed as we saw him making drastic changes to the Institution as soon as he arrived. As soon as he arrived he started ordering instructions on what has to be changed, such as, no girl should have two clean tuckers in a week, no one should have fancy hair, and there should be no meal such as supper. He keeps everything strict because he believes that the students should be brought up in a Christian way of life which according to Victorian thinking meant to live poorly and not having any luxury in life. Mr. Brocklehurst is a hypocrite because he wants the children to be treated in a Christian way; which is very uncomfortable and unsympathetic, whilst his family lives a comfortable and luxurious life. Bronte's uses exquisite words to describe Mr. Brocklehurst's family. She describes his wife and children as elegant because they wear luxurious clothing such as velvet, silk and furs with grey beaver hats and ostrich plumes accompanied with elaborately curled hair and shawls. Hypocrisy is the main theme used by Bronte in the story because as we see, Mr. Brocklehurst doesn't even allow two clean tuckers in a week, nor does he allow the children to be fed properly, whilst his family are enjoying a luxurious life without any restrictions as to what they can and cannot do. From this we can notice that the rich were powerful and commanding in the Victorian times and religion was quite strict in which they had to follow what the Bible said, and they suffered because the Bible restricts its followers to lead a luxurious life. Mrs. Temple's character is much softer than Mr. Brocklehurst's character. At the time when the children were walking in the snow, she encourages them by telling them to try harder and harder, "Keep up our spirits, and march forward", said Miss Temple. ...read more.

Conclusion

As in cruelty, poor people were mistreated badly and were given no dignity by the rich. Even when Helen was dying no one cared about her and she was mistreated. But Helen did not mind any of this because she knew that she was not going to stay in this place forever as she was going to die. Only the rich and powerful people lived luxurious and comfortable lives whilst treating the unfortunate people like slaves. The Bible is used constantly when Mr. Brocklehurst is addressing Miss Temple on how the children should live. Mr. Brocklehurst is a hypocrite because he doesn't allow sufficient clothing for the children to wear, and yet allows his family to dress in expensive clothing. The rich and powerful had the authority to command and do anything and were never wrong. All this is a picture of life in the Victorian times. Charlotte Bronte wanted to expose the conditions in Lowood. She wanted everyone to know the tough life in the Victorian Era. I think she is taking an example of her life and what she experienced and now she wants everyone to know. Jane had a very strong relationship with Helen and was very upset when she found out that she was going to die. Charlotte's both sisters died from Tuberculosis and they went through harshness and cruelty because their mother died and their father was uncommunicative. Charlotte describes the harsh conditions at Lowood and also includes that Helen is dying from tuberculosis and this is what she experienced in her life when her two sisters died from Tuberculosis. Charlotte Bronte uses very effective words in conveying the conditions at Lowood. The reader is drawn in the scene and the characters she describes give us the clear understanding of what their personality is like e.g. Mr. Brocklehurst is a very tough and stubborn man, so Charlotte uses a phrase, "a black column", to describe him. Her themes are based on real life as to what the conditions in the Victorian Era were, and what she has been through in real life. DONE BY: HARSHIL PATEL ...read more.

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