• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Jane Eyre Coursework - How do Jane's experiences at Lowood contribute to her development?

Extracts from this document...


Vanessa Clarke's: Jane Eyre Coursework How do Jane's experiences at Lowood contribute to her development? Before arriving at Lowood Jane lived at Gateshead, with her aunt and three cousins. She was unloved and treated badly, and had already developed a determination to stand up for herself and fight for her independence. The young Jane had baffled Mrs Reed, who could obviously not understand "how for nine years you could be patient and quiescent under any treatment, and in the tenth break out all fire and violence". At Gateshead she is unhappy and when Mr Lloyd questions her after the "red-room incident", she is shown to be na�ve and ignorant of life. She has no real picture of honest, decent, working people and her experience of poverty is limited to her aunt's nasty comments about her relatives and to the few poor villagers she has seen. Jane is not religious yet, as the logical answer to Mr Brocklehursts question reveals, and she again shocks him with her comments about the psalms. Her sense of injustice, would not allow Mrs Reed to insult her and call her deceitful, forcing her to speak her mind. Jane identifies herself with the role of mutinous slave, likening her cousin to a slave driver. She appears to be afraid that she will never find a true sense of home or community, Jane feels the need to belong somewhere, to find "kin", or at least "kindred spirits." ...read more.


Helen patiently puts up with Jane's questions, until the last one "Are you happy here?" She avoids the answer, saying she would like to read. Like Jane, Helen is an orphan who longs for a home, but Helen believes that she will find this home in Heaven rather than Northern England. And while Helen is not oblivious to the injustices the girls suffer at Lowood, she believes that justice will be found in God's ultimate judgment-God will reward the good and punish the evil. Jane, on the other hand, is unable have such blind faith. Her quest is for love and happiness in this world. At one point Helen, dismissed in disgrace, is sent to stand in the middle of the room. When in the middle of the room, she "neither wept nor blushed", surprising Jane, who is sure that she herself would "wish the earth to open and swallow" her. She is convinced that she would react differently, but when the time comes, she reacts in the same way, led by Helen's example and under her influence. There is a great contrast between Helen and Jane; Helen's attitude to punishment contradicts everything that Jane believes in. Jane's views are based upon her instinctive reaction to injustice, whilst Helen's is on careful consideration of things. ...read more.


When Diana and Mary take her into their house she feels welcome and as though she belongs. Something she has longed for, for a long time. After her degradation to beggar, she pulls herself back up and does not appear downstairs until she is spotless again. Her pride reappears and she delights as never before with the company of intelligent charming associates, who are her equal in every way. At problematic times, Jane now turns to God. When she flees Thornfield, her "remembrance of God" is the same as when she acknowledges to herself her love for Rochester, where she says that Rochester has become so important in her life that he even displaces religion and stands between her and God. Jane also has the power of forgiveness in her. She is ready to forgive Mrs Reed for her wrongs and she returns to Thornfield to find and forgive Rochester. It is possible for her learnings from Lowood to be forgotten or ignored in a trice. She stoops low to begging when she leaves Rochester and when she lets St. John take over her feelings, but regains them at both times, refusing his proposal of marriage and being taken in by the Rivers. Lowood made Jane a capable woman with morals, who knew her place. It was all that she needed to have back in the 19th century when at the time the book was written, women were considered inferior to men. 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Jane Eyre - Was she a woman of her times?

    Helen compares Jane's Christian views of 'love thy neighbour' to that of 'savage tribes,' whereas she chooses to interpret it with accepting all wrongs directed towards her as she finds them irrelevant on earth, and looks forward to her spiritual life.

  2. Fiziksel guzellik - jane eyre ve madam bovary

    Hristiyanlik inancinda Havva'nin Adem'i elmayi �almaya ikna etmesinden gelen t�m kadinlarin g�nahk�r oldugu d�s�ncesi vardir. Buna ek olarak da g�zel kadinlarin namuslu erkekleri bastan �ikartarak k�t� yollara d�s�recegi ve bu y�zden de g�nahkar olduklari kadar tehlikeli de olduklari inanci Hristiyanligin uzun yillar boyunca yorumunu yapan din adamlari tarafindan �ne s�r�lm�st�r.

  1. I will be examining three different locations used in Charlotte Bront's novel 'Jane Eyre' ...

    There is reference to the absence of sound: 'It was silent, because remote from the nursery and kitchen; solemn, be cause it was known to be seldom entered'. This tells the reader that the silence is one of the key sinister factors of Jane's experience in the red-room and that she really only has her own thoughts to listen to.

  2. Discuss the importance of paranormal experiences in Jane Eyre

    believes she hears a ghostly scream later on in the novel, preparing the reader for supernatural episodes soon after. Bront�'s chilling description of Thornfield Hall sets the scene perfectly for the paranormal experiences Jane faces later on, and makes them seem even more fear-provoking and thrilling for the reader when they do occur.

  1. Jane Eyre" ve "Madame Bovary" adl romanlarda erkek karakterlerin gemilerinde yaadklar ilikiler

    Bu zitlik o zaman benim g�z�me �arpmisti da..." (Charlotte Bronte, 188). Rochester Jane'e, Celine'e aldigi k�rklerden ve elmaslari anlatirken, b�t�n gafil asiklar gibi kendini u�uruma dogru s�r�klediginden ve kendine, rezillige, sefillige giden bir yol �izdiginden bahsetmektedir. Jane'e onun Celine'den ne kadar farkli, a�ik s�zl�, candan ve iyi y�rekli oldugunu belirtir; ona duydugu yakinligin en b�y�k nedeni de budur.

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

    At Gateshead we see Jane miserable in her social exclusion in the reeds household. She is kept apart from her cousin's pg29 ...... since my illness she had drawn a more marked line of separation between me and her own children".

  1. iki aykiri kadin - jane ve emma Her toplumun kendisine kural sayd baz davranlar ...

    egemenligine sessizce boyun eger, hirslarina g�ler ge�erdim; onun ruhundaki misyonerle erkegi ayirt ederek birine en derin saygiyi g�sterirken �b�r�n�n kusurlarini g�n�lden bagislayabilirdim... Ama, onun karisi olarak - hep yani basinda, hep onun y�netimi, baskisi altinda - ruhumun atesini hep kisik olarak tutmak, i�in i�in tutusurken gik diyememek... Iste bu �ekilmezdi."

  2. Jane Eyre Coursework

    In marriage women had stability and would rely on their husbands for security a clear example of this in Jane Eyre is the character of Miss Blanche Ingram. She pretends to be in love with Mr Rochester. At the fortune-teller incident she is told that Mr Rochester does not have as much money as she had thought.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work