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The Maturing of Jane in Jane Eyre

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The Maturing of Jane in Jane Eyre When a caterpillar hatches from its mother's egg, it enters this world as an innocent, pure creature. As time passes by, it unwraps its cocoon and goes through metamorphosis. Once the caterpillar grows into a fully developed butterfly, it has lost its innocence and purity forever. Jane was an inexperienced caterpillar but her stay at Lowood and her challenging time at Thornfield with Mr. Rochester has changed her into an independent, matured butterfly. When Jane was young, she taught herself to be virtuous. Her aunt's criticisms and punishments has made Jane realize that she wasn't treated as part of the family. Her development of determination and self-reliance become more superior each day she spent at Gateshead. ...read more.

Middle

These words shows that Helen is more mature and experienced than Jane. Jane observes: "Miss Temple is full of goodness..." Miss Temple was another great influence in Jane's life, she treated Jane as if she were her own daughter. We realize now that Jane was no longer alone. She had friends to love her and guide her to the next step in life. Jane had not only gained more experience and confidence, she also achieved a great education during her eight years at Lowood. Jane's next destination was Thornfield where she was to become the governess of Ad�le, an orphan just like her. Ad�le's presence reminded Jane of her old self and her awful childhood at Gateshead. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr. Rochester was not the honest man Jane had thought he was, he had another wife living at Thornfield. Jane's feelings were crushed, her hopes and dreams shattered in front of her own eyes. Her miseries had led her back to where she started. I believe that Jane had gained more than she had lost. The strength she had gained from the breakup was more valuable than the actual love she had experienced. It is clear now that Jane has matured and grown from a frail young girl to an experienced adult. The obstacles she encountered during her stay at Lowood and Thornfield has made her stronger both physically and emotionally. Helen, Miss Temple, and Mr. Rochester will always remain in Jane's heart. As Jane grows older, she will look back at these memories and reminisce her indescribable feelings. ...read more.

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