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To what extend does Jane Eyre's past affect her fate?

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To what extend does Jane Eyre's past affect her fate? Charlotte Bront� uses many different ways to affect Jane Eyre's fate. By giving Jane a difficult and tiresome childhood from a very young age it has an effect on her adult life. From a very early age Jane Eyre had a very unusual childhood. She started in a very unloving family with her aunts and cousins. She felt unloved and had a sense of refusal. Her cousin John beat her and she always hit back. When she did so, she was often caught and locked in the red room. Her auntie sent her to Loward boarding school. This was a very worrying time for Jane because already at the age of around 10 she has had no love and care in her life. The boarding school didn't aid her in anyway. At boarding school Jane did not fit in. Again she was not cared for. She felt unsafe, unhappy, but does find her first friend. ...read more.

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This is a very interesting point. It shows a way that Jane can get in touch with someone, someone she has never had before. Her encounter with Helen shows her that she is capable of friendship and of being needed. Teachers were very hard on her and discipline was a big factor of her new school, Thornfield. Jane didn't have a good relationship with the teachers in her early age because she stood up for what she believed in. She showed that she wasn't afraid to stand up to the teachers on more than one occasion. Jane then escapes to take up a position as governess to young Mr Rochester. Jane stays working for the young ward, Mr Rochester and Thornfield Hall for a while not knowing that his unmentioned crazed wife lives up in the attic. If the information wasn't given, how long could Mr Rochester keep the secret? Why does this affect Jane's fate? The well prepared lady who has been brought up and is independent anyway in her personality. ...read more.

Conclusion

She hasn't got what she's wanted from life and all these events in her cocktail of a life have changed her fate. Jane is desperate for change, and Jane's experiences when she leaves Thornfield further contribute to her ultimate fate. She moves and meets st John. Her decision to leave and make her own way in life further enhances her determined and independent nature .The proposal which she receives from st john also emphasises that she knows what she wants. The proposal wakes Jane up to the truth. She realise that st John is not the person in her life .She does not accept and returns to the only man she can ever love - Mr Rochester. Jane's life is changed by the actions and events that change her over the years. Jane goes back to Mr Rochester in a confused state. She realises that it's the right decision to follow her normally hidden thoughts for once. She loves Mr Rochester for what he is. They are similar because they are both outsiders who finally find their soul mate. Some time after that Mr Rochester gets his sight back and the story ends favourably for the both of them. George Powell ...read more.

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