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Jane Eyre - During this journey, Jane goes through the battle of education vs. containment, where she attempts to learn about herself and about the world

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During this journey, Jane goes through the battle of education vs. containment, where she attempts to learn about herself and about the world . . . This battle of education vs. containment can be seen by following Jane through her different places of residence, including Gateshead Hall, Lowood Institution, Thornfield, Moor House and Morton, and Ferndean Manor, where she is finally, fully educated and escapes the feeling of containment which she held throughout the novel" Lowood school is located far from any towns or proper civilisation, and is in a very secluded area, when Jane Eyre is on her way to the school she say's "we ceased to pass through towns; the country changed; great grey hills heaved up round the horizon". They also passed through some woods and through a valley. The weather is also dark and wet, which sets the mood of the story. In Lowood there was no electricity and they used candles it is also very cold and dark. All the classes were taught in the same room. They had a dull uniform and were described as wearing, "Brown stuff frocks of quaint fashion, and long pinafores". ...read more.

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"You had this morning a breakfast which you could not eat; you must be hungry. I have ordered that a lunch of bread and cheese shall be served to all". When she said this the other teachers looked at her with surprise. This shows her kindness, which was unusual in Lowood. Miss Scratcherd on the other hand was very strict and picks on students she doesn't like, as is shown in the text about the way she treats Helen Burns, first she shouts at her saying she was not sitting straight, when she changed her posture Miss Scratcherd continued to make her an "object of constant notice". She then also said she was standing on the side of her shoe. When Helen Burns was the only one to answer a question correctly Miss Scratcherd did not praise her but she came up with another excuse and hit her instead. Both the teachers in Lowood are completely different, Miss Scratcherd abuses her power over the children and doesn't like to make the students feel they are doing well, whereas Miss Temple likes to help the children and doesn't abuse her power, but she uses it to help the students. ...read more.

Conclusion

It also makes her doubly responsive to the least proffer of friendship and love. At the orphanage the child forms a passionate attachment to an older and precociously intelligent girl, Helen Burns (whose prototype was Charlotte's own eldest sister, Maria, who died of tuberculosis at thirteen), because Helen is good to her. It is also so with the school superintendent, Miss Evans, who treats Jane with justice and confidence in her ability to make good. Normal human relationships based on mutual trust and humanity take a disproportionate place in Jane's affections, because of the traumatic experiences of her childhood. This point is made manifestly clear by the author before engaging her heroine in the vortex of her love for her employer, Mr. Rochester. The school in the 1850's is much more stricter then it is now, the teachers use to hit the pupils. But the education was not as thorough as it is in this century. I think that the pupils can learn more in school now than before and they would want to come to school to learn, whereas in the past the pupils may have been scared to go to school and then they would have been worried about what they said. Therefore they could not concentrate. ...read more.

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