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Through what influences and in what ways does Jane mature during her stay at Gateshead and Lowood? What dissatisfactions does she feel at the end of her time and what do we feel that she lacks or still needs

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Through what influences and in what ways does Jane mature during her stay at Gateshead and Lowood? What dissatisfactions does she feel at the end of her time and what do we feel that she lacks or still needs? Jane had many influences during her stay at both Gateshead and Lowood. She matures in her own way greatly through her times there. During the first chapter of the novel, before she is sent to the 'Red Room', Jane is clearly not a practical ten year old. "I was glad of it: I never liked long walks" Compared to her cousins, Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed, Jane is considered unsociable and un-childlike. ...read more.

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When Mrs Reed sends Jane to the 'Red Room' after her conflict with John Reed, Bessie and Abbot try to take her, but Jane resists them, she believes that she is being punished unfairly and kicks and screams at them all the way. This is the start of a radical change in the way Jane acts. She starts to realise that she does not deserve to be treated the way she is and wants to change peoples actions towards her. After the incident with the "Red Room", Bessie has a change of heart towards Jane, realising she is only a child and is unfairly treated. This shows Jane that people are capable of being nice to her and she should be treated differently to what she was before. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane thinks that no matter how bad school could be, it will always be better than living at Gateshead with her Aunt and cousins and so many people that treated her badly. But when Jane is asked if she had family from her father's side and whether she would like to live with them, she refuses, as she does not want to live a poor life; she values education and the higher-class way of living over happiness and love. Jane learnt a lot from living at Gateshead though mostly about how she should be treated as a person. Lowood Institute: the name suggests that Jane's time here will not be good. However, Jane looks forward to going to school and getting away from Gateshead and the Reeds. ...read more.

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