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Show clearly through reference to the novel, the development of Jane's character in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre'

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Show clearly through reference to the novel, the development of Jane's character in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre?' The development of Jane Eyre's character is central to the novel written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847. The era of that time reflects many of the themes throughout the book such as social class, and equality. Women brought up in this era were taught how to be a lady, learning skills such as sewing, painting, and languages. It is a story of someone who just wants to be loved, be valued, and to have a sense of belonging. The story, very much like an autobiography of Jane's life, starts at childhood, following her right up to adulthood. We learn of how she grows as a person, in mind, body, and spirit, and how her confidence grows. She matures as a woman of her time, learning how to keep her dignity, and pride within her. Set in the Yorkshire moors, the novel describes Jane of plain appearance, however, she possesses strong spirit and great courage. We first see Jane at Thornfield, as a ten-year-old orphan, staying with her widowed aunt Mrs Reed, and her three cousins, John, Georgiana, and Eliza. Jane is made to feel unwanted, isolated and neglected in this big large house. Even though John Reed torments her, it makes her aware of her rights as a human being, which develops the character Jane. The first place we see her development grow is when Jane is sent away from the family room, as Mrs Reed tells her that until she can be more sociable she will not be accepted with her cousins. So she seeks refuge in a book in the next room behind the curtain, where she is happy and content. However this feeling never lasts long living at Thornfield. It is not long before John Reed comes in and disturbs the silence. ...read more.

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He thought Jane was a naughty deceitful child, and he thought it was necessary to tell the school, giving Jane ritual public humiliation and that no one should associate with her, '...that this girl, who might be one of God's own lambs, is a little castaway: not a member of the true flock. You must be on your guard against her; if necessary, avoid her company, exclude her from sports, and shut her out from your converse. This girl is a liar!' The public humiliation brought Jane back to her early childhood days of mental abuse, making her feel an outcast again, knocking her confidence that she had gained so far at Lowood. However, Helen stuck by her through this ritual humiliation, 'Mr Brocklehurst is not a god: nor is he even a great and admired man; he is little liked here; he never steps to make himself liked. Had he treated you as an especial favourite, you would have found enemies'. Helen inspires her to endure the injustice of what happened. Helen is a very good influence on Jane, showing her different perspectives on life. However, even though Helen did try to comfort her during this time, Jane was very much overwhelmed by the experience. When Helen dies from the typhus, Jane loses a valued friend that she had throughout her time at Lowood. She gave Jane her strong moral beliefs. Helen was, I think one of the major influences in Jane's life, helping her to develop not only her skills in school, but also on lessons of life. The self-control and dignity she learnt from Helen stayed with her through the novel. Helen was a positive influence, a person Jane admired, keeping her in touch with her sanity and emotions. Since coming to Lowood, Jane had developed her confidence, self esteem, and she had become much stronger. Her change in character is very obvious from how she was at Gateshead Hall. ...read more.

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This is because the Reed's constantly lower her esteem and make her feel unwelcome and unwanted, a burden to their family. A main strength within herself is her power to understand others, and treat them, as she would wish to be treated. This Christian quality came from Helen Burns while at school, a quality that Jane kept throughout her life. She had realised that she was harshly treated by her so called family at Gateshead, and that building up that anger for others was unacceptable. It seems that as her courage and spirit never to give up remained, her fortunes slowly bettered too. Despite early impressions of people, she does end up having good relations with people and seeing their other sides, which in turn allows them to really understand her too. The fact that her development had become so strong and come so far since a child was mirrored by events in the novel. As a child she had endured horrid times with her cousins Eliza, Georgiana and John, but as an adult family relations switched. Her new found cousins Diana, Mary and St John were completely different, warm and understanding to her, friends instead of enemies. The successful development of Jane's character as an honest person is shown throughout the novel. Despite the fact that her uncle was told she was dead she is left everything by him. Her insistence that the wealth be shared equally proves that Jane realises there is more to life than wealth and status. Despite this act of greatness, she finds herself in a difficult position with St John. It is almost like fate that she returns to find Mr Rochester. An accident has left the home in ruin, Bertha Mason dead, and Mr Rochester injured and blinded. However, the two love each other deeply, and despite his disabilities, they marry. It seems that this is more than a just reward for a woman who has endured so much. Her character is strong and her love from Rochester deserved. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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