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Life at Gateshead for Jane Eyre

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Life at Gateshead for Jane Eyre From the beginning of the novel we are told about Jane's isolation at Gateshead. She is an orphaned child after the death of her parents and is forced to live with her cruel hearted aunty who sees her as nothing but a poor beggar who should be grateful for her aunts hospitality. Our introduction to Jane and the Reed family begins with Jane's isolation in contrast to the Reed children's spoilt ways. She appears to be shut out in the cold from the rest of the family as they sit together by the fire and she sits beside the window looking out into the cold afternoon reading a book in which she observes 'The isolated rock in the stormy sea' perhaps reflecting her position and how she feels in the family. ...read more.


Jane is seen as outspoken and rude. Her disrespect is punished by being locked away in the red room. She is locked away with her fears and suffers traumatically whilst there. As John behaves how he pleases abusing not only mentally but physically too, he is not punished. He is cruel and spoilt while eve Jane's presence alone is seen as an offence. Jane has great faith in her religion and morals. She believes that wrong doings shall be eventually punished. Jane becomes easily distressed as thoughts of death and ghosts enter her mind. For this she is locked in the red room she becomes so distressed that she passes out. Bessie takes pity on her. Bessie unlike Mrs Abot treats her kindly and with care. ...read more.


As Jane leaves for Thornfield she is excited by a fresh start and a new chance. Which is then damaged in front of Mr Brockelhurst, which shadows her hopes for that new start. Jane is seen to attack Mrs Reed's cruelty with anger and passion. As she becomes more mature we see her learning to deal with this anger more reasonably. In time Jane learns to forgive the Reeds and although she denies any contact with them, she responds to Mrs Reed's request to see Jane at her deathbed. After her homecoming Bessie treats her like a lady. Mrs Reed explains her treatment of Jane and apologises. The children's treatment of their own mother is the opposite intended instead of loving and caring for their 'dear mama' John has been selfish and has treated his mother badly. Georgiana is vain and pays her mother no attention. Eliza who is disciplined and very religious is also portrayed as harsh and selfish. ...read more.

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