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Jane Eyre. How were Jane and her fellow pupils affected by the condition of Lowood School and their experience there?

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How were Jane and her fellow pupils affected by the condition of Lowood School and their experience there? Lowood was a charity school, which was not a homely place for children to grow up in, with such strict rules and harsh conditions. The proportion of food served could not satisfy the hunger of growing girls, cheese and bread were seen as a rarity. Darkness settled in Lowood at night, there were only two candles offered on each table during suppertime. 'on each of which burnt a pair of candles '. They were deficient in basic necessities, such as a mug for drinking, a basin for washing, proper clothes to keep warm in the bitter winter, and a bed to themselves for a restful night's sleep. 'I glanced at the long rows of beds, each of which was quickly filled with two occupants'. Beds were not the only things to be shared, diseases spread like wildlife. The first impression of Lowood for Jane was dim, a large school with dreary silence.'I passed from compartment to compartment, from passage to passage, of a large and irregular building.'the conference room where a servant left her was not grand in appearance and small, the drawing room at Gateshead was better than it. 'it was a parlour , not so spacious and splendid as the drawing room at Gateshead '.The number of the girls in Lowood was surprised her , 'seen by the dim light of the dips , heir number to me appeared countless'. ...read more.


As she said' I live in calm', she clearly understood that the best way to survive is to accept her fate.' Yet it would be your duty to hear it, if you could not avoid it'. Jane and Helen face up to there difficult is in completely different ways. Helen accepts her life and tries to make the best of it. Jane, however finds it difficult to cope and seems to wallow in self-pity. Jane is determined to continue her life in Lowood with a positive attitude. The reason for the change is that Miss Temple gave her a chance to speak in her own defence and did not merely believe what Mr. Brocklehurst said when he humiliated Jane in front of the whole school proclaiming her to be wicked. However, Miss Temple found out the truth, and publicly cleared her from every imputation. Jane was comforted by Helen, when she was so upset after the disgrace. Miss Temple encouraged Jane to continue to be a good girl, to work hard, and everything would be proved later or. As Helen said 'angels see our tortures, recognize our innocence' Miss Temple's affection completely influenced Jane, she places her truth fully in Miss Temple ' I felt as I went on that Miss Temple fully believed me' Jane began to make an effort in her studies, she finally gained the affection and respect from the teachers. ...read more.


Jane's learnt the correct attitude to deal with their terrible life from Helen. She became more patient and mature, since Helen point out her vulnerability " you are, too impulsive, too vehement" and she tried to use Bible teaching to persuade Jane to learn to be patient. Jane shared the joy of Lowood at the end, and she doesn't wallow in self-pity anymore, she is confident of her given life. When Miss Temple left, Jane lost her only friend in Lowood who had shared her memory of childhood. However, Miss Temple has to leave with her husband Mr. Nasmyth, and Jane is upset and miss Miss Temple very much. ' From the day she left I was no longer the same'. Also the death of Helen, Jane feels instinctively that she has no friends in Lowood. She finds there is nothing she miss in this place. On the other hand, she is aware, that she had been staying in Lowood since the first day she was sent there. She thinks it is time for her to leave, and begin a new life in a different place. ' I remembered that the real world was wide'. She is eager to welcome her future, full of hopes that her tomorrow would be brighter. Also there is one thing that hasn't changed through out her life in Lowood, her curiosity about the world is still strong like a flame. ...read more.

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