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Jane Eyre Discuss why Jane's early life at Lowood is so important in shaping her character. What does the portrayal of Lowood show about the role of charity schools at this time? Consider the influence of other on her life at this important time and the ways in which she deals with her situation. Lowood School had a profound influence on Jane's life. It taught her many things and helped her to become a governess. However it was an arduous stage of her life and she had a challenging time during her eight years there. Jane's early life at Lowood would have been hard for her. She had virtually no contact with her relatives while she was at Lowood School (although this may have been a bonus as she did not like them very much. The girls at Lowood were harshly treated. They were malnourished, "I perceived I had got in hand a nauseating mess; burnt porridge is almost as bad as rotten potatoes; famine soon sickens over it." This is Jane's view of the food. It was one of her first encounters with the food at Lowoods. This shows the extent of the food crisis. A usual diet for the girls would consist of; porridge for breakfast, lunch, dinner of meat and potatoes, coffee and 1/2 slice of brown bread, glass of milk/water and a piece of oat cake. ...read more.


She objected and spoke out wherever she could. After meeting Helen Burns she learned to keep her feelings to herself, when necessary. When Jane met Helen Burns, she met a friend. They automatically clicked. Jane was alone really at the school and hadn't made any other friends and Helen was the first friend she made and so had the biggest influence on her. She learned not to judge people to harshly and not to hold grudges. Jane disliked her aunt very much and Helen taught her that it is better to forget than to let grudges hold you down. Helen said, to Jane, "life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." This shows a great maturity on Helen's part: a maturity that Jane did not have. Helen also taught Jane to accept what life gives to you and to return evil with good. Jane, before meeting Helen, spoke out when she saw something wrong with her life or something didn't go her way. She thought that if something went wrong she should do her best to get back at the person with revenge. She says, on the subject of Helen Burn's punishment from Miss Scratcherd, "If I were in your place I should dislike her; I should resist her. If she struck me with that rod, I should get it from her hand; I should break it under her nose." ...read more.


This shows humanity. It teaches Jane to keep with things and not to give up, whatever is happening and to think of others before herself. Lowood also taught Jane Morality. When Jane left Lowood, she had the chance to become Rochester's mistress but she turned him down, knowing he was already married. Lowood also taught her discipline and to live with harsh conditions. She used these traits when she was thrown out of Thornfield into the moors. She had to live in very harsh conditions with little food. Lowood also taught Jane about love. She felt love for Helen Burns and Miss Temple (to and extent) Jane showed how love can prevail when she turned down St. John River's marriage proposal and went back to Rochester. Jane's life was changed dramatically at Lowood School. She learned many things including kindness, generosity, to believe in God and His plans and not to be as passionate and opinionated as she used to be. Also she learned to love, to be disciplined and a sense of morality. She learned these points from people such as Helen Burns and Miss Temple. Because of Lowood school, Jane became the young woman and governess who went away to teach at Thornfield Hall, so Lowood was one of the most important times of her life and helped to shape her from a young, loud little girl into an intelligent, mature woman who could face the world on her own. Roger Greer ...read more.

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