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Jane Eyre and Billy Casper are similar yet very different children. Compare their differences

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Jane Eyre and Billy Casper are similar yet very different children. Compare their differences Jane Eyre and Billy Casper are similar, yet very different children. I am going to compare their similarities and differences. The issues that I will concentrate on are their home lives and their treatment by people. Jane, 10 year old lives in a mansion with her aunt Mrs Reed and her children. The family are extremely wealthy. "A small breakfast room adjoined the drawing room". As we are told that the family has a breakfast room, we assume that Jane has her own room, which demonstrates that Jane is entitled to privacy. The notion of Jane having her own privacy is further reinforced when we are told at the start of the novel that she is walking in a big garden. "Wandering in the leafless shrubbery." She has servants at her disposal. "Miss Abbot had left me." In those days it required some people who were very wealthy or well off in order to have servants and therefore this is another indication that the Reed family were very wealthy. In her addition to that, Jane has access to books in her spare time. "Returning to my book." We also know that Jane is educated and can read. All these things would suggest that Jane is a happy 10 year old as she has the amenities she requires such as food, privacy, warmth, education etc. We read on the first page that Mrs Reed is sitting on a sofa. "She lay reclined on a sofa by the fireside, and with her darlings about her" This brings in the issue of warmth and we learn that the house is warm compared to Billy's, which isn't. ...read more.

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"Wicked and cruel boy." "I don't know very well what I did with my hands but he called me 'Rat, Rat'. "Socially this was considered unacceptable during Victorian times. Females at that time weren't allowed to fight back and Jane should have accepted what John Reed had done to her. After the death of Mr Reed, John Reed was regarded as the next head of the family. Therefore many would have seen Jane's fight back as blasphemous. However, this demonstrates the strength of character displayed by Jane as shows her determination to fight back for herself, regardless of what society thought about it. It shows that Jane wouldn't tolerate being wronged. In the case of Billy, his brother Jud generally bullies him physically and mentally similar to what John Reed does to Jane. Frequently, he physically bullies him. "He swung his fist under the blankets and thumped Billy in the kidneys." "Pushing his face into the cushions and forcing one arm up his back in a half Nelson." This illustrates how aggressive Jud was towards his brother and the notion that the violence was quite serious for Billy. However unlike John Reed, who planned his attacks on Jane, Jud's attacks on Billy are not pre-planned, they are more of a reaction. " Jud stood up and thumped at Billy across the table." This suggests that his brother constantly attacked Billy on a day to basis, almost this notion that Billy was surrounded by violence which is very astonishing considering that Jud was Billy's brother and he should have protected Billy from any sort of atrocity rather than torment Billy himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

She ignores the fact Billy is bullied by Jud and does nothing which is a sign of her lack of care shown towards Billy but furthermore, this can also be looked upon as a sign of weakness displayed by her as she can't protect Billy even when she's notices him in trouble with Jud and is receiving unfair treatment from Jud. She also demonstrates a lack of comfort shown towards Billy. "Billy rushed round the table to his mother and tried to bury his face in her. She held him off embarrassed." This is another sign of her lack of concern shown towards Billy when all he wanted was comfort and she doesn't give any. She does nothing to Jud when Billy pleads for justice when he learns that Jud has killed his hawk. "Well do summat then? Do summat him." This is a sign of her helplessness rather than her deliberate ignorance because she is too weak to do anything towards Jud. Although Jane Eyre and Billy Casper are from different centuries and live in two different societies, both children are oppressed. However, they are different in the way they go about their unfair treatment but similar yet again as they both go against the conventions of society. Jane fights back against the unjust treatment she receives and this was considered wrong at that time as females weren't allowed to fight back while on the other side, Billy doesn't fight back against the unjust treatment he receives and he goes against the conventions of society as males were expected to fight back. However both children are looking for someone to care for them but no one does and in that aspect they are both similar. Trevino Alfonso 11 W7 ...read more.

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