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Jane Eyre "Growing up for Jane is a matter of finding freedom from oppression".

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Jane Eyre "Growing up for Jane is a matter of finding freedom from oppression" In the first part of the novel, Jane undergoes many different forms of oppression that result in her desire for freedom. It begins with her mother who married down from her and who died with her father when she was very young. After being taken in by Mr Reed, and Mr Reed dying, she was left in a home of which no one wants or likes her. She is continuously being both verbally and physically abused by her cousin John and is ostracised by the whole family due t o the feeling that Jane is of a lower social class. Jane tries to overcome this oppression by isolation and reading, by reading she feels she is in another world, one where she is away from all the oppression in her life. She also rebels in an attempt to escape her oppression, she rebels against John Reed when he abuses her, by fighting back, and rebels against Mrs Reed by sticking up for herself and proving Mrs Reed wrong. By the time Jane leaves Lowood School, much later in her life when Jane is 18 years old, she has leant a lot. Through her friend Helen Burns, she learns to rise above her oppression and hold back her desire to rebel by accepting and forgiving. By learning all that she has, she reaches an emotional maturity by gaining the wisdom to know what she wants to do and when she wishes to do it, and finally overcomes her oppression. ...read more.

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This decision shows Jane that her character is one that is not prepared to pay the price of poverty, but will for any for any other chance of freedom from her present lifestyle, that even school is better then poverty. During her interview with Mr Brocklehurst, new forms of oppression seem to arise in Jane's life. He tries to keep her down and control her by oppressing her with the thought of hell. "No sight so sad as that of a naughty child, especially a naughty, little girl. Do you go where the wicked go after death?" This has always been an oppressive part of her life with the Reeds, and now she is being further oppressed by Mr Broklehurst. Further oppression is also arisen in the form of Jane's reputation. Mrs Reed restricts Jane's freedom at school by poisoning her reputation and creating a negative image of Jane to Mr Broklehurst. This apresses Jane as she wants her life at school to be a happy one, a new start to life, and she now feels that Mrs Reed has ruined it before it has even began, and that she has restricted her future freedom at the school. Janes rebellion against Mrs Reed is due to many reasons, She now has the chance of going to school and wishes to protect her reputation and depend herself and defend the truth, so when she hears Mrs Reed lying about Jane, saying how 'deceitful' and a liar she is, Jane feels she has to stand up for herself and her conscience will not allow her accept her lies anymore. ...read more.

Conclusion

"It was those I longed to surmount, all within their boundary of rock and heath seemed prison-ground, exile limits. I traced the white road.....vanishing in a gorge between two. How I longed to follow it further." She feels entrapped by the hills surrounding her and longs to escape into the unknown, "I desire liberty". She decides she must leave Lowood. Unlike her time at Gateshead, and her student time in Lowood, she now has the chance to escape her oppression by choice, and she decides it is time to leave and continue her journey to freedom. She advertises as a governess. This decision to become a governess tells us of what Jane has learnt as she has grown. Instead of wanting complete freedom and independence, Jane learns that she is happiest with a balance between freedom and servitude. Instead of fooling herself into complete freedom, she learns that if she is to escape oppression, she must serve someone new. By the time Jane leaves Lowood, she is not in need of the freedom she once wanted. Janes childhood, and growing up for Jane was indeed a matter of finding freedom from oppression, now that she is grown, she learns that it is not oppression which she is escaping, nor is it freedom she is in search of, she is trying to find a balance of the two in which she can happy. She has learnt to overcome oppression and so is now not in search of freedom from it, she is trying to find happiness within it. ...read more.

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